Ameren Illinois Releases Safety Tips For Pet Owning Customers

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COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois asks for customers' help in preventing further employee injuries caused by dog bites.

The company reports more than 40 Ameren Illinois field workers have been bitten by dogs in the last five years. Employees had to seek medical attention as a result of the incidents.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year.

Ameren hopes to work with customers to provide a safe environment for both pets and utility workers.

Customers are encouraged to safely secure dogs when an Ameren associate is scheduled to visit a home or business. Pets should never be attached to any utility equipment. If possible, pets should be kept in a separate area from the worker.

If customers are unable to put their pet in another location or room, warning signs should be posted to inform the employee and avoid surprises.

Vaccinations and inoculations for rabies and other parasites should always be up to date for the safety of the animal and worker.

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