Consumers Energy provides helpful tips during severe weather

(WXYZ) - Consumers Energy is providing helpful information on storms moving through the area.

They are recommending people take the follow precautions:

  • Charge electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops, and have fresh batteries available for items such as flashlights and weather radios. 
  • Have 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.  
  • During 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.

They also say consumers should report any downed wires by calling 911 or Consumer Energy at (800) 477-5050. DTE customers can report a fallen power line online .

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