The roar of generators has permeated many neighborhoods in Southeast Michigan and the fumes from one of those machines sent a Westland couple to the hospital.

Power Out for More Than a Quarter of a Million People

Severe weather that rolled through Michigan downed trees and knocked out power for about 250,000 DTE and Consumers Energy customers in Southeast Michigan. Metro Detroit residents were arguably hit harder than those of us in the Flint area.

As of Wednesday (8/31) afternoon, DTE Energy crews have restored power to approximately 80,000 customers with expectations remaining that most will have their power back on by late Thursday.

Even Running a Generator Outside Can Be Dangerous

Generators should never be run indoors or even inside a garage attached to a home - even with the garage door open.

A Westland couple is recovering after carbon monoxide levels inside their home reached dangerous levels. It should be noted that the couple was running their portable generator outside - but as Westland Fire Chief Darrell Stamper explains to WJBK-TV, the machine was too close to the house.

 "They did put it outside but too close to the house and it ultimately exhausted Into the windows and doors causing the CO levels to rise in the house," Stamper said.

The TV station reports that the couple began to feel relief after going outside. They were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

Safe Operation of a Portable Generator

Experts recommend running a generator only if it is at least five feet away from a home with its exhaust pointed away from any windows or vents where CO fumes could enter the home.

Here's Another Pro Tip:

If you rely on a portable generator when your home is without power, invest in a generator cord. If your generator has a four-prong outlet, it's likely the most powerful outlet on your machine and will provide more power to run your essentials than its standard 110-volt sockets.


You Could Be Bob Seger's Neighbor for a Cool $1 Million

Let's just imagine for a moment that you're neighbors with Bob Seger.

Even though you have a beautiful, $1 million home with five bedrooms and six bathrooms, your house is only one-quarter the size of your neighbor's. Also, the Seger's home is worth about eight times as much as yours, valued at about $8.5 million according to Zillow.

But maybe you could become friends, right?

Check out the pics of this house for sale, right across the road from Bob. He's your friend now. You can call him Bob.

Luxury Treehouse Resort in Michigan will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Michigan is now home to a luxury treehouse resort, and we can't get enough! High above situated in the trees, this 500+ square foot treehouse is the perfect getaway. Rustic? Yes, but will all the luxury and comforts of home. Surrounded by nature and streams, you'll never want to come down. Take a look inside Tree Vistas located in Ionia, Michigan.

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