Spring Storm Safety Tips

Important steps to help you weather a storm

April 7-13th is Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week










Spring may bring beautiful weather to Michigan, but it is also a time for dangerous storms that can knock down power lines and utility poles, among other damage. Here are some tips brought to you by Consumers Energy that may help you get through a power outage safely.

Before a Storm Hits:

1. Have a portable radio, flashlights and fresh batteries handy

2. Know the location of your electricity circuit box and how to turn the power on and off

If Your Home Loses Power:

1. Before calling Consumers Energy or your electric utility, check to see if you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker

2. Also, check the electric service mast or cable above the meter. In the Consumers Energy service area, utility crews will reconnect the wires to the mast, but only AFTER a licensed electrician has made repairs or replaced the mast or cable, if necessary

3. If the power is out in your neighborhood, watch out for fallen wires, broken utility poles or tree limbs on a power line. Stay clear of power lines and anything a power line is touching


Generator Safety:

1. If you have a generator, make certain it is connected by a licensed electrician and isolated from the utility’s electric distribution system

2. Never operate a generator in your home, garage, basement or any other enclosed area

3. A generator needs to be at least 3 feet to 4 feet from an enclosed area as well as away from doors, windows and fresh air intakes where exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide can enter the home. Proper ventilation is always critical

4. Never fuel a generator when it is running. Turn the generator off and let it cool before refueling