February 18, 2019
Never use a generator inside of a home, garage, crawlspace, shed, or other enclosed area. Locate the unit outdoors and far from doors, windows, and vents. Always run your generator in a well-ventilated area, and only if you can vent its exhaust safely. Make sure the exhaust hose is placed far from other campers, tents, boats, cabins, etc.
January 5, 2007
You could see if they will approve some type of aux. tank if you have room to place one per the code.
I kind of take it you are in a normal residental lot area and not setting on a few acres??
Just watch where you put this thing, and do not get carbon monoxide into the house or use cheap extension cords or you will have a bigger problem.
January 5, 2007
Thank you for the responses. I did call the Poudre Fire Authority and no one was there at the time with the answer but will call back.
I purchased a Coleman Powermate 6750 generator. Per the specifications, with a 7 gallon gas tank it will run for 10.5 hours at 50% load.
I''ll have to follow the codes of the Fire Authority but will be very dissapointed if I''m not able to store enough fuel to protect ourselves during a power outage for more than a day or so.
June 10, 2016
If your in Colorado its regulated, most likely using the 2003 IFC. IFC section 3404.3.4.4 requires that if you store more than 10 gallons, then it needs to be stored in an approved cabinet. IFC section 3404.3.4.2, subsection 7 limits you to 120 gallons when storage is outside of cabinet and 240 gallons when stored in cabinets.
In addition your containers need to be approved safety cans, which are listed by either UL or FM and have a spring loaded cap with an internal flame arrestor.
Finally, the local fire code official can require a permit for storage over 5 gallons. An exception exists in IFC section 105.6.16 that exempts equipment such as your, but it must be based on the opinion of the code official. This means you need to ask the local fire marshal or a staff member as to how they interpret this section to determine if a permit is needed.
The City of Fort Collins obtains fire protection from Poudre Fire Authority. You can contact them at:
Ask for Ron Gonzales. Good guy and very knowledgeable.
July 16, 2000
Talk to the locak fire department to see if the regulate it. If they do not I would suggest using a portable tank with a hand pump designed for gas storage and not a lot of little containers or 55 drum. Do not store more than 5 gallons in a garage and even that is a little to much.
Something like this
How big is the tank on the generator and what do they say the consumbtion is???