LANSING, Mich. – In the aftermath of widespread windstorms, many Michiganians have found themselves without electricity as utilities work to restore power. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) are urging utility customers to exercise caution using supplemental home heating sources or when using portable generators.

“Safety is of paramount importance during power outages,” noted MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg. “MAE’s tips sheets on what to do when electric power is lostsafely using supplemental home heating sources and the safe use of a portable generator provide important life-saving information. It is also of extreme importance to treat all downed wires as ‘live’ and avoid contact.”

Other useful information on how to stay safe before, during and after winter storms or extreme cold is available on the website.

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