Consumers Energy Urges Residents To Prepare For Tricky Halloween Weather

   Consumers Energy Urges Residents To Prepare For Tricky Halloween Weather

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 30, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mother Nature may have tricks of
her own planned Thursday with thunderstorms, high winds and heavy rain
forecast across Lower Michigan as children take to the streets for evening
Halloween trick-or-treating.

Consumers Energy is reminding parents and others accompanying the costumed
youngsters to exercise caution on slippery surfaces created by wet leaves
covering yards, sidewalks and driveways as well as possible downed wires and
tree limbs resulting from the forecasted rough weather.

"Being extra careful during the expected poor weather and returning home
safely is the best 'treat' our children and others out on Halloween night can
receive," said Michele Kirkland, the utility's vice president of energy
operations.

Other Halloween safety tips include:

  oChildren's costumes should fit well and adults need to make sure children
    can see and be seen after dark.
  oChildren and accompanying adults should carry flashlights.
  oDrivers should have their car headlights on and use caution when driving
    through neighborhoods busy with trick-or-treaters who are often distracted
    and not checking both ways before crossing a street.
  oChildren should avoid neighborhoods which appear to be without electricity
    as downed wires also may be in the vicinity.

Meanwhile Consumers Energy is closely monitoring the weather and is preparing
for possible power outages. Headquarters are being staffed and additional
company and contractor crews are on standby to quickly respond to any power
outages caused by the storms.

"We're committed to doing everything we can to deliver safe, reliable energy
service to our customers when severe weather hits. A wide range of company,
contract personnel and equipment have been mobilized to rapidly respond to any
customer power outages," Kirkland said.

Some important tips to help prepare for a storm include:

  oCharge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh
    batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios.
  oHave a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food available, and
    don't forget a first aid kit or any prescription medication if needed.
  oDuring and after a storm, people are advised to stay at least 25 feet from
    any downed lines and assume that every line is "live" and dangerous.
    Residents are also reminded to not touch anything a power line may be
    touching, including trees, fences, other debris, and puddles.
  oReport any downed wires by calling 9-1-1 or Consumers Energy at
    1-800-477-5050. 
  oIf flooding or another disaster should occur, check for the odor of
    natural gas before entering any area. If you think you smell this "rotten
    egg" odor, leave the area immediately and call 1-800-477-5050. Remember
    to replace any appliance submerged in water.

Additional storm and power outage information is available at Consumers
Energy's newly updated online outage center, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outage.

Customers who lose power should contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 or
online at www.ConsumersEnergy.com. Customers can report an outage, get outage
information, including updated estimated restoration times, all on a detailed
map available at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap. The map is accessible via
both desktop computer and mobile devices.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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

SOURCE Consumers Energy

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