During National Electrical Safety Month Consumers Energy Offers Spring, Summer Safety Tips

During National Electrical Safety Month Consumers Energy Offers Spring, Summer
                                 Safety Tips

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., May 10, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy has spring and
summer safety tips for Michigan residents in recognition of National
Electrical Safety Month this May.

"It's important that residents take time to become aware of the electric and
natural gas facilities around them, both overhead and underground, to allow
outdoor activities to be accomplished safely this spring," said Daniel J.
Malone, Consumers Energy's senior vice president of distribution and customer
operations. "Part of our promise to Michigan includes working together for
safer communities – and reminding citizens about safety hazards, both big and
small, helps us keep that promise."

As Michigan residents are venturing outside to work and play this spring and
summer, Consumers Energy offers the following tips:

  oNever fly a kite close to a power line – and if a kite does get stuck on a
    power line, do not attempt to remove it, as electric shock could be fatal
  oParents should ensure children never climb a utility pole or tree located
    near a power line
  oDo not trim branches or trees near power lines themselves; call our
    forestry management professionals for a free estimate at (800) 582-4238
    before starting a trimming project.
  oLook up before moving ladders, long tools, or working around the outside
    of your home to ensure you never come within 10 feet of an overhead wire
  oWhen planting a tree, be aware of the power lines and natural gas pipes
    that provide electricity and natural gas to your home and throughout your
    neighborhood
  oAlways call 811 at least three working days before doing any digging
    around your property to have underground facilities marked, free of charge
  oAvoid planting tall-growing trees such as large maples, oaks and most
    pines under power lines

Additional details regarding planting trees, digging safely and keeping your
family safe around electricity and natural gas this season can be found on the
Consumers Energy website at: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/safety.

National Electrical Safety Month is initiated by Electrical Safety Foundation
International and is held each May to raise awareness about electrical
hazards, which can cause electrical fires, injuries and death. Visit
www.esfi.org for more information.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS),
provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million
residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information regarding Consumers Energy, visit us at:
www.consumersenergy.com or join us on Facebook at:
www.facebook.com/consumersenergymichigan

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Terry DeDoes, 517/374-2159, or Roger Morgenstern, 616/530-4364
 
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