JACKSON, Mich., June 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As warmer summer weather settles into Michigan, Consumers Energy is reminding anyone performing aerial work to look up and avoid overhead electric lines.
"Safety is the single most important element of any project and working around electric lines is no exception. We urge anyone performing overhead work to make it your top priority to look up and note the location of overhead electric lines so you can take precautions to avoid them," said Guy Packard, vice president of electric operations for Consumers Energy.
Summer months typically include outdoor projects such as painting, building and pruning trees, picking fruit and farming that involve the use of ladders, scaffolding and power equipment. Activities such as moving RVs and boats with raised masts are also common. All require you to know where overhead electric lines are so you can avoid them.
Packard offered the following five tips to help stay safe around overhead electric lines:
Michigan farmers are also reminded to look up when using agricultural equipment to avoid electric lines. Farmers often work dawn to dusk planting and harvesting crops and are always urged to remain vigilant to locations of overhead electric lines.
In the event a vehicle or riding equipment contacts an electric line:
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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