Using a generator for hurricane Sandy? Here are four safety tips.

Generators are flying off the shelves as people prepare for hurricane Sandy. Before you fire up the backup generator, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

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    Hurricane Sandy is captured by the Suomi NPP satellite on Friday in this detailed infrared image courtesy of NOAA. If you're planning to use a generator in the event you lose power, there are some safety tips to keep in mind.
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The anticipation surrounding hurricane Sandy is quickly swelling to proportions on a scale with, well, Frankenstorm.

As the storm nears, many may consider investing in a backup generator, as weather analysts forecast prolonged, widespread power outages.

The run on backup power sources has already begun.

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As of Friday afternoon, generators made up eight of the 10 items in the home and kitchen category of Amazon.com's Movers and Shakers List – a ranking of the online retailer's best selling items over the past 24 hours. The DuroMax Elite MX1500 Gas Powered Portable Generator jumped from 13,478 to 78 on the site's overall best selling items, a 17,179 percent increase. 

Generators offer the convenience of using our everyday devices despite a prolonged power outage. They can even be life-saving in the case of hospitals or elderly persons who depend on oxygen machines.

But before you fire up the backup engine, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

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