Consumer Energy Offers Tips for Winter Safety

Consumer Energy Offers Tips for Winter Safety

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - With extreme cold temperatures affecting most of Michigan, Consumer Energy is offering tips to homeowners to keep their family safe and warm.

Below the list of tips are:
- Install an audible UL listed carbon monoxide alarm. Poisonings from this colorless, odorless toxic gas are most prevalent in the winter when furnaces are operating and doors and windows are shut.
- Make sure furnaces are operating efficiently and safely by having them inspected and tuned annually.
- Replace furnace filters monthly during cold weather, especially if pets are in the home.
- Keep flammable materials such as clothing and boxes away from the furnace.
- Keep space heaters away from curtains, furniture, clothing and other flammable materials. Unplug space heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Never use a stovetop or oven or charcoal grill to heat your home.
- Never use a generator inside a home, basement or garage. Keep them outdoors at least 25 feet from the home.

Beyond tips Consumer Energy has the following services available:
- Those facing hardships with energy bills or other needs are encouraged to call 2-1-1, a free service in all Michigan counties with resources that can help within each community.
- Consumers Energy has a variety of programs for those in need. Customers should call 800-477-5050 for payment options and assistance programs.
- Federal government employees in Michigan who are affected by the ongoing shutdown should contact Consumers Energy for payment arrangements.

If you or someone you know is facing hardships with their energy bills, call 211- a free resource serving people in need of resources in all Michigan counties.

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