Middlesex County Public Health Profile Report
Portable Generators: Self-Reported Ownership for Use during Power Outages: Percentage, 2014 - 2016
Middlesex25.2 95% Confidence Interval(21.6 - 28.8)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
State28.6 U.S. NANA=Data not available.
Middlesex Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Little is known about the percentage of NJ residents who have purchased portable generators for use during power outages. Portable back-up generators produce colorless odorless carbon monoxide (CO) gas which can sicken or kill residents if generator exhaust is not properly vented. CO poisoning claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and makes thousands more ill. Important guidelines: PORTABLE GENERATORS: * Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open. * Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows. CO DETECTORS: * Install battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home. * Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
Health Status Outcomes:
NoteSurvey Question: "Do you own at least one portable generator which you plan to use to provide energy to your home during a power outage: yes; no; don't know/not sure?".
Data SourcesBehavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.state.nj.us/health/chs/njbrfs/]
Measure Description for Portable Generators: Self-Reported Ownership for Use during Power Outages
Definition: Percent of NJ residents who self-report owning at least one portable generator for use to provide electricity to their home during a power outage.
Numerator: Number of people age 18 years and older self-reporting owning at least one portable generator for use to provide electricity to their home during a power outage.
Denominator: Total number of persons aged 18 and older interviewed during the same survey period.