It’s summer in Michigan, when thoughts turn to vacations, travel, outdoor activities and do-it-yourself projects. Make safety a top priority this summer with these tips!

Consumers Energy wants to be sure that you're safe all summer long, and they have passed on these tips to make sure that you and your family enjoy your summer safely.

A key safety motto to remember is “look up and look out” for electric power lines, which are not insulated. Always assume a power line is energized and dangerous. Stay away from power lines at all times.

  • Look for and avoid power lines when:
    • Flying kites and model airplanes. If one gets stuck on a power line, do not attempt to remove it as an electric shock can be fatal.
    • Using ladders or motorized equipment to work on siding, gutters, roofs, antennas, satellite dishes, etc. Ladders, poles, pipes and other equipment should be kept at least 25 feet from power lines at all times.
    • Performing recreational tasks like moving sailboats or using equipment to clean pools.
  • Parents should ensure children never climb a utility pole or tree located near a power line.
  • Never attempt to trim or remove trees near power lines. Call Consumers Energy for a free trimming/removal estimate at (800) 582-4238.