BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Throughout the weekend, andduring the day on Mondaypeople were stocking up on supplies to get ready for 'Hurricane Sandy,' including ones that would keep them from being left in the dark.

As ofMonday 'Bangor Hydro Electric Co.'had 63 crews ready to work on power lines in anticipation for customers that would lose their power. Many hardware stores inand around Bangortold NEWS CENTER on Monday that they were out of generators after consumers made a rush on them over the weekend.

'Aubuchon Hardware' inthe Queen Citysold their last generator Monday morning. Staff there saythey havealso been selling a lot of batteries and oil lamps as people look for other ways to keep their homes lit.

If you do use a generator, here are some safety tips to keep in mind to keep you and your household safe:

1. When using a generator, make sure to use it with a heavy duty extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.

2. Always use generators outdoors, not in a basement or a garage, and make sure it is not near open windows, vents, or other openings to your home.

3. It is a good idea to have acarbonmonoxidedetector in your home so if you've missed something, that you will be warned if deadly levels ofcarbon monoxideenter your home.

4. Under no circumstances should you everplug a generator into a wall outlet . Doing so could create a deadly back feed of power that could kill you, or even line crews working on downed lines.

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