Ameren Shares Severe Winter Weather Safety Tips
With severe winter weather on its way to the region, it is important to be prepared in advance while conserving as much energy as possible.
With severe winter weather on its way to the region, it is important to be prepared in advance while conserving as much energy as possible. Although Ameren energy and utility teams do not expect electric or gas reliability issues, they shared tips for staying safe in extreme cold weather.
Ameren recommends preparing a home emergency kit with supplies. Cell phones and external batteries should be charged in advance. Water lines along exterior walls should be insulated. Drafty windows should be weather-stripped, using caulk and covering them with plastic if needed.
Generators should be used outdoors. Unneeded appliances and electronics are to be disconnected to avoid damage from electrical services. If road conditions cause your vehicle to hit a utility pole, stay inside of it and call for help, waiting for utility and emergency crews to arrive. If you're struggling to pay energy bills, Ameren has programs to help through their website.
Notify Ameren if a shortage occurs by calling 800-552-7583 for Missouri and 800-755-5000 for Illinois.