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CONSUMERS POWER ADVISES ON KITE-FLYING SAFETY

 CONSUMERS POWER ADVISES ON KITE-FLYING SAFETY
 JACKSON, Mich., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- With spring weather finally


here and youngsters turning their thoughts toward the fun of kite flying, Consumers Power Company reminds that kites and electric power lines don't mix.
 Carl L. English, Consumers Power's vice president of energy distribution services, said young people should be warned by parents and school officials to remember to fly their kites only in an open area well removed from trees and the potential hazard of overhead power lines.
 "Each year the majority of kite-flying accidents occur when a child tries to untangle a kite from a tree or power line. To avoid an accident, children and parents should be aware of these basic safety rules," English said.
 1. Fly your kite in an open area, away from electrical lines, trees and busy streets.
 2. Never climb utility poles, trees or broadcasting towers in pursuit of a snagged kite. Electric current from paterials or moisture and ca us severe burns.
 3. Use wood, paper or plastic in making your kite, not wire or metal. Avoid using any materials that could conduct electricity.
 4. Don't try to repeat Benjamin Franklin's experiment by flying your kite in the rain. Lightning can cause injury much more severe than the minor shock Franklin experienced.
 5. If a kite gets caught on an electric line, call the utility company for help. Never pull on an electric line.
 6. If a power line falls, stand clear. Never touch downed power lines. Instead call the utility.
 Consumers Power offers films on electrical safety for use by local schools. The 16-millimeter films "Overhead Lines -- a Matter of Respect," and "Electrical Safety from A to Zap" may be ordered by contacting Consumers Power's Educational Services Program at 212 West Michigan Ave., Jackson, MI 49201, or by calling 517-788-1667. They are also available in video format.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Charles E. MacInnis of Consumers Power, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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