Prepare an Emergency Power Outage Plan for Commercial Buildings

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A manager or owner of a commercial building may face difficult situations in a power outage. Do tenants know what to do if the electricity goes out? Who should they contact? Are you or the power company tending to tenants’ questions? What precautions can you take to make power outages easier to deal with? An emergency power outage plan addresses these and other concerns before the lights go out, so everybody knows what to do without being left in the dark. Develop a plan now for your commercial building before an outage strikes with these tips.

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How Does Your City's Power Grid Work?

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When you walk into a room and flip the switch on the wall or turn on your computer by pressing a power button, you probably don't give much extra thought to how the energy reaches your home, lights come on, or how power is dispersed to start spinning the hard drive. You probably do highly consider the electricity that doesn’t reach your home, however, when you wake up in the middle of the night sweating and don't hear the soft humming of the air conditioner. This can be a big problem when utility equipment isn’t protected from critters and squirrels, who wreak havoc and can cause major power outages.

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Reproductive Squirrels: A Nightmare for Your Home

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Spring is coming. Peak mating season for squirrels draws near as winter weather and mammal hibernation come to an end. With more squirrels soon running amok, the more chances they can cause damage to your roof and home from traversing electric power utility lines and poles. Protect yourself from these critters with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard. As squirrels continue to multiply, you’ll know your home and equipment have the proper safety measures to keep critters at bay.

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Your Home Insurance Policy May Lack Critter Damage Coverage

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One of the biggest purchases most people will make in their lifetime is their house. Given the nature of such a major investment, making sure the home is properly covered by insurance is essential and mandatory. While there are base home insurance policies that satisfy most mortgage lenders, these policies often have holes that do not always provide enough coverage, particularly for rodent, squirrel, and other critter damage to the home and property utility poles and lines.

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Power Line Safety for Homeowners

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Power lines are everywhere; they span over roads, land, and homes. We are so used to seeing them that we often forget about them and can drop our guards around them. Power lines carry high voltage electricity and can be deadly. Always assume that utility lines are "live" – or energized – and keep far away from them. Be especially attentive after wind, ice, or heavy snow storms when wires may have fallen to the ground. Take proper precautions and remember these aspects of electric service lines to stay safe, even if lines are not directly overhead and obvious.

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Deterring Pests from Rooftop Nesting

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Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and mice away from your roof will keep your home better protected from infestation and damage by the crawling critters. Especially if you have expensive equipment like solar panels installed on your rooftop, it is important to take proper precautions to deter them from making your home their home. Here are some tips to keep these critters from becoming major problems, requiring expensive damage control and repairs for your roof and home.

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Power Grid System Upgrades to Improve Efficiency

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More and more pressure is put on utility companies as they continue to look for ways to upgrade their communities’ power grid system and improve efficiency. However, these methods usually require time, resources, and specific expertise. Utility companies seek the best options that quickly make a return on investment, while also being effective in the long term. Add these technologies to upgrade your utility systems to better serve your customers and be more efficient with your resource spending.

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Prepare Your Generator for Power Outages

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Power outages are never fun. Owning a generator is a great way to avoid discomfort and stress in power outages. Having a backup power source will keep your home at a comfortable temperature and prevent food in your refrigerator from spoiling. You won't have to fumble around in the dark with flashlights. If you have a home alarm or security system, a generator can keep it operating, so that you stay safe even during a blackout. If you have medical equipment, a generator is definitely critical. Be sure to maintain and care for your generator, so it will be available and in working condition in case emergency strikes.

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Protecting Your Transformer and Electrical System

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A local electrical system is extremely important, for it helps to ensure all members of a community have access to power throughout the day. While electricity helps to provide us with plenty of comfort in our daily lives, it is also extremely valuable and necessary for medical services and proper emergency response. One of the most important components of any public electrical system is the transformer. A transformer typically sits at the top of a power pole and is typically responsible for stepping the high voltages used for transmission down to the lower voltages used by homes and businesses.  Keeping the transformer safe and operational is critical. While most transformers are very reliable, one of the biggest hazards they all face is the risk of being damaged by squirrels and other animals. Fortunately, it is possible to protect an electrical system from critters with our various systems.

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Prepare Your Emergency Preparedness Kit for Power Outages and Other Disasters

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Emergency situations like tornadoes, floods or snowstorms can cause power outages. Even squirrels and rodents tampering with utility lines can cause power failures. When these happen, you want to be prepared for yourself and your family. Here are some tips for getting through an outage.

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Power Substation Costs: Invest in Protection!

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Power substations are the backbone of a community’s power source. Without them, there would be no facilitator for energy, no voltage, no transmission, just no energy. Something so vital to our daily lives deserves the best, high quality equipment to keep it running smoothly by protecting it from damage from critters. How much equipment are we protecting? These are some important parts for a substation to run properly to feed your home and business power.

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Important Inspection Observations for Utility Companies

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We need our energy. Our day to day lives have made it so that without electricity, we'll hardly be able to get by. As a result, power companies must be meticulous and thorough regarding their inspections of utility poles, power lines, and substations to protect both the public and maintenance workers from harm. Consider these items inspectors should look out for when assessing the functionality of substations. 

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Three Tips to Keep Your Team Safe Around Overhead Electrical Lines

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Overhead electrical lines can carry up to 700,000 volts, but it only takes a couple hundred volts for overhead lines to be deadly. According to the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (ELCOSH), electrocutions are the fourth leading cause of death among construction workers in the US, and an average of 143 construction workers are killed each year by contact with electricity. Overhead electrical line safety needs to be made a priority for any home or business owner. Take caution with these three tips to keep your team and loved ones safe when dealing with overhead electrical lines.

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Green Ways to Use Energy

Green Ways to Use Energy

Going green is more than just a trend, and it seems to be an inevitable part of a growing, changing energy landscape. Solar panels and energy-efficient bulbs are two of the most common green ways to use energy, but there are other less popular alternatives that will do good the planet.

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Homeowner Safety Tips: Living With Power Lines on or Near Your Property

While it is totally up to you whether you buy a house with high-frequency power lines nearby, there aren't many homeowners who would choose to live without electricity. The wires and cables that heat and cool homes and keep residents "connected" may not be aesthetically beautiful, but they are necessary.

Basically, because the utilities that make life easier must be brought to your house either underground or overhead,

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Costliness of Power Outages to You as a Home Owner

Costliness of Power Outages to You as a Home Owner

We've all experienced a power outage at one time or another. Maybe it was during that thunderstorm, where you had to light some candles and break out the board games. Or that one winter where there was so much snow and ice that it took your provider two days to get the power back on. Surprisingly, outages also occur frequently when critters make their way onto and do damage to power lines, utility poles, and electrical substations. Whenever a power outage happens, though, homeowners run the risk of losses, and not just missing their favorite shows on TV or missing a day or two of work, but actual costs.

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5 Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home

5 Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home

Solar power has come a long way since its discovery, and it seems like every year the technology to harness it grows more efficient. The number of rooftop solar panels is still growing among homeowners, and as the costs of installation drop, the rate of adoption goes up. If you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, you could surely benefit in one way or another.

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3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

3 Preventative Measures for Power Outages in the Home

We've all had to deal with power outages before, and they can range from the mildly irritating to the disastrous. However, the better prepared you are for outages, the less impact they'll have on you. Consider the following equipment and precautionary steps to keep your home safe and your day as smooth as possible.

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Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Thousands of homes lose electrical power every year due to squirrels, birds, and other small animals. Thousands more risk unwanted visitors to their homes due to roof access from existing service lines. While losing power on a warm day is mostly annoying for losing air conditioning, it is downright dangerous in cold weather from losing heat. Utility companies can face outages due to extreme weather in many forms and are generally ready for such phenomena, but a bird or small animal follows no predictable pattern for which the companies can prepare. When you frequently lose power or you have unwanted residents in your attic, though resolution and power restoration is imperative, it is smarter to prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

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Home Maintenance to Stop Roof Access by Pests

Home Maintenance to Stop Roof Access by Pests

Pests of all kinds can cause an abundance of problems to roofs, including scratches, waste build-up, gnaw-marks, and other damage. Keeping rodents, birds, and insects away from a rooftop is best. Take these simple maintenance steps to aid in keeping your roof pest-free.

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