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KEEP METERS CLEAR OF SNOW AND ICE URGES CONSUMERS POWER

 JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company is recommending the following safety precautions as cold winter weather continues across Michigan:
 - Keep natural gas meters clear of snow and ice. Snow and ice build-up can cause the meter and regulator installation to operate improperly and can sometimes cause a loss of service. It can also make it difficult to quickly reach the meter's shut-off valve in the event of an emergency, such as a fire. Keeping the meter area, including the sidewalk, clear of snow and ice provides a safe walking environment for the utility's meter readers.
 - Owners of manufactured and mobile homes should prevent snow from building up around the skirting and on top of the home. Large amounts of snow in these areas prevents proper ventilation of a natural gas furnace or water heater and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
 Physical symptoms of carbon monoxide build-up in a home can include a prolonged flu-like condition with a sense of nausea, headaches and dizziness. If carbon monoxide build-up is suspected, evacuation of the home or building is recommended and windows and doors should be opened, if possible. Consumers Power or a qualified service contractor should be contacted immediately.
 - In order to assure proper furnace operation, furnaces should receive an annual inspection from a qualified professional. Furnace filters should be replaced each month during the heating season.
 - Gas ranges should never be used as a primary heating source for a home, due to the possibility of starting a fire.
 "The work that our customers do to keep their meters clear of snow and ice is appreciated. Not only does this make it easier for our meter readers to do their job, but more importantly, it is a vital safety precaution for the customer," said Paul A. Elbert, senior vice president of energy distribution for Consumers Power.
 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, News and Information, Consumers Power Company, 517-788-0333/
 (CMS)


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