As the heat soars over the next few days, it is important that people have access to cooling centers.
In Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties a number of centers will be open Thursday – Sunday this week. Some will allow pets. Free rides to cooling centers are available to those with a physical and financial need through CATA, EATRAN and Clinton Area Transit. Community members can find nearby cooling centers and find out if they are eligible for a free ride by dialing 211.
Remember, during this heat wave:
• Don’t leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for just a few moments.
• Make sure that pets have plenty of water and a cool place to rest.
• Check in on friends or neighbors who may have trouble with the heat.
Those who will be enjoying outdoor activities should remember to:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Avoid alcohol.
• Avoid being in the full sun for long periods of time.
• Wear light colored clothing.
• Use plenty of sunscreen.
Consumers Energy also offers the following tips for people to avoid getting scammed, as air conditioners work overtime:
• A contractor or employee for Consumers Energy will always wear a company identification badge and will gladly show it upon request
• There are times when Consumers Energy does have to shut electric and/or natural gas service off to a home for safety, security and non-payment reasons; however, employees will never threaten to shut off service if you do not comply with immediate demands.
• We will always provide advance notice if entrance to your home is needed
• If you are contacted via phone, we never demand payment, ask for personal information or prepaid credit cards over the phone
If you feel you are being targeted by someone claiming to be from Consumers Energy contact your local police, call 911 or contact Consumers at 800-477-5050.