The administration seems poised to take the much needed step of requiring manufacturers to make portable generators safer for use after hurricanes and other disasters. I recently received word that the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission will be making such a recommendation this week. The staff says manufacturers could reduce dangerous carbon monoxide emissions or install sensors that shut off generators automatically when CO levels reach dangerous levels. There have been too many needless deaths in Florida and other states for the commission not to act quickly on this recommendation.