Spring Forward This Weekend & Check Detectors, Emergency Kits

When Ameren Illinois customers set their clocks forward one hour for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time March 14, the company suggests it’s the right time to restock or, if need be, to create the family’s home emergency kit in preparation for the spring and summer storm season.

“While many of us lose sleep about moving our clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time, this annual ritual has become an important safety reminder for all of us to check or change the batteries in our smoke detectors,” said Karen Boulanger, Director of Safety, Ameren Illinois. “Safety is paramount at Ameren Illinois, which is why we are encouraging our customers to remember to update more than just their clocks. Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time to restock or create a family emergency preparedness kit in the event of an emergency or a storm causes a power outage.”

It is important to remind every family member where the emergency preparedness kit is located. Verifying that the kit has updated supplies and other essentials is necessary should a spring or summer storm cause a power outage or a disaster strikes.

Ameren Illinois recommends an emergency preparedness kit stocked with the following essential items and supplies and stored in a dry area:

Water bottles

Non-perishable food items

First-aid kit

Medicines

Sleeping bag/blanket

Flashlights/lanterns

Cash (small bills and change)

Batteries

Battery-powered radio

Battery-powered alarm clock

Ice cooler for temporary food or medication storage

List of emergency contacts

Copies of essential documents

Pet supplies, if you have pets

Ameren Illinois offers other home preparedness tips should the lights go out:

Fill the gas tank in your vehicle

Prepare your home generator by filling it with gas and purchasing additional gas

Charging your cellphone and other important electronic devices

Turn down the temperature on your refrigerator to keep it as cool as possible

Ensure the refrigerator and freezer are closed, as frozen food can keep up to 48 hours

Turn off or unplug sensitive electronic devices, or make sure they are protected by a surge protector

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