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Ameren Offers Fall Safety Tips
Fall may create perfect weather for home improvement and tree planting. But the month also ushers in a season when people face increased risk of injury from activities in or around power lines.

Throughout the year, AmerenCILCO, AmerenCIPS, AmerenIP and AmerenUE encourage the safe use of electricity and gas. Here are some safety tips:

• Never touch a downed power line. Call your local electric utility or "911" whenever you see a downed line. The Ameren numbers are 888-672-5252 (AmerenCILCO), 888-789-2477 (AmerenCIPS), 800-755-7000 (AmerenIP) and 800-552- 7583 (AmerenUE).

• When working from ladders or climbing in and around trees, check to make sure there are no power lines near you.

• If you are painting or making repairs on your house, be careful where you carry and place your ladder. Avoid contact with wires running overhead.

• Avoid planting trees in locations that will cause problems with power lines once the trees are fully grown.

• Watch for or correct problems with cords and faulty sockets. Avoid jerking on wire. It can break insulation and damage plugs.

• Avoid walking on extension wires. And don't place cords under rugs or carpets where they can be walked upon or where someone can trip over them.

• Avoid placing too many appliances on one outlet or socket.

• Never replace a fuse with one that will carry more amps or with a coin.

• Don't operate fans or heaters where small children can touch or fall on them. Keep lighting wires away from toddlers.

• Keep electrical connections off the ground and away from pools of water.

• Avoid running outdoor lights or extension cords through door or window openings where they can be damaged.

• Make sure appliances are unplugged when working on them.

• Never immerse electric appliances in water or operate appliances while using water to bathe or wash something.

• Don't leave irons unattended while irons are plugged in. Keep appliances clean, and check them over periodically for frayed wires or other problems.

With assets of more than $17 billion, Ameren through its subsidiaries, serves 2.3 million electric and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000- square-mile area of Illinois and Missouri.

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