Power lines carry a substantial load of electric current—from generating plants to substations and eventually to residential homes and business premises. As a critical element of the power transmission grid, power lines require special attention to ensure everybody's safety.
Unfortunately, critters trigger a substantial proportion of power outages and mishaps, including downed or low-hanging power lines. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems are designed to block rodents' access to utility poles and lines, helping to prevent costly power outages and dangerous low-hanging or downed power lines.
At any particular time, you should regard all power lines as energized, and thus avoid coming into contact or close to the electrical hazard. Regardless, low or fallen power lines can present a unique challenge. This concern is due to the fact power lines convey high voltage at sustained levels. Dangers of these lines include:
Basically, electric current seeks the fastest conduit to the ground. As such, utility companies install pole insulators to ensure the safe transmission of power to your neighborhood.
However, unwitting critters pose a considerable challenge, offering high-voltage current an avenue around the safety measures. Sometimes the animals' body falls to the ground, and you may only notice a blink in your power. Else, squirrels and other wildlife compromise the power-lines safety measures by chewing on or through power lines, setting off sparks and ultimately resulting in downed or overhanging power-lines.
If you come across a downed or overhanging power line, adhere to these safety tips:
At Critter Guard, we strive to prevent the dangers of low-hanging and downed power lines and costly power outages. To learn more about how our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can help protect power in your area, contact us today.