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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Protect Your Solar Power Investment

Protect Your Solar Power Investment

You have gone solar. Congratulations! It's a really good choice that provides you with greater energy independence and substantial savings. It also makes a real difference in the quality of the air we all breathe. Those panels also represent a substantial investment. Though they save you a lot over time, you have spent a good bit on them, and they have greatly increased the value of your home. The last thing you want is to have to replace them because of critter damage. In fact, you could spend months wondering why your power production has gone down before discovering the damage. 

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Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Protecting Electrical Equipment from Squirrel Damage

Damage to electrical equipment caused by squirrels is expensive. Preventing squirrels from accessing transformers, substations and pole mounted switches can reduce the amount of money being spent on having equipment repaired and replaced. 

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Prepare for the Unexpected: Power Outages

Prepare for the Unexpected Power Outages

As a homeowner, be proud of the beautiful home you've established but also be prepared for whatever is thrown at you. While you never predict squirrels and rodents to invade the comfort of your home, you might be more aware of the possibility of a power outage, whether temporary or longer-lasting.

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Preventing Critter Access to Your Home

Preventing Critter Access to Your Home

There are two times during the year when critters are likely to find a way into your home, get comfortable, and claim a part of it as their own; Fall when the weather gets cool and Spring when it gets warm again as they pop out of hiding from the cold season. Once squirrels and critters are inside your home and hunkered down for the winter, they can reproduce like crazy. Preventing access to your home is the best defense against a full out infestation.

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Affordable Pest Prevention

Affordable Pest Prevention

Critter Guard’s power utility products offer quality and affordable pest control solutions to both homeowners and utility companies. Our Line Guard and Pole Guard are innovative animal mitigation systems that focus on a "no access" approach to prevent squirrel- and rodent-perpetrated power outages. Critter Guard has a defensive, preventive focus with the use of barriers and rollers to safely deter squirrels from getting access to power lines and utilities. How do they work?

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A Lasting, Robust System to Protect Your Utility Lines and Poles

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If critters have been destroying the utility poles and power lines in your area, and a non-intrusive solution is needed to protect the structures, Critter Guard’s products are the ideal solution. Critter Guard offers utilities our Line Guard and Pole Guard products, providing high performance from our patented design, quality resins, and efficient manufacturing process. These defensive guards prevent squirrels from climbing up poles to cause problems, and stop rodents from damaging the reachable overhead electrical lines. Not only are Critter Guard guards highly effective, but they are built with durable, well-engineered materials to last for years to come.

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Squirrels in the Attic: Harmless Nuisance or Dangerous Vermin

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Despite the trouble they cause, a lot of people still see squirrels as cute, fluffy animals. People even leave food out for squirrels and watch them eat with their cute little paws. On the other hand, others seem to get raging mad, sometimes wielding pellet guns at squirrels who steal from bird feeders or create messes around the house. Whether you think they're cute or a menace, squirrel activity inside your home can be a problem. Squirrels build little nests outside, but eventually, they begin looking for warmer places inside to cozy up, and your attic will seem like a comfy, toasty option.

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Prevent Squirrel Damage to Substations

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Curiosity killed the cat. Unfortunately, it kills the squirrel too when it makes contact with high voltage conductors inside a substation. That is usually what happens after it climbs up power lines and makes its way inside. Often, that is the cause of a power outage in people’s home.

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See CRITTER GUARD at Lineman's Rodeo 2017

Critter Guard will be exhibiting at this year's Lineman's Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas October 12-13, 2017.

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LOOK! SQUIRREL!!!

Some people think they're cute.  Others, like my wife, think they're rats with cuter outfits!

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So What Is "Line Guard"?

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Line Guard consists of 5 cylindrical “rollers” (or spinners) that fit over typical power and/or communication lines.

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MAJRS Holdings, LLC (d/b/a Critter Guard) Purchases Critter Guard, Inc.

Hi everyone. Critter Guard, Inc. (CGI) was founded in the year 2000 and has steadily increased it’s credibility and presence in both the residential market as well as the utility market. Due to some health concerns and their advancing age, the original CGI owners began to look for buyers of the company. That’s where MAJRS Holdings, LLC comes in. I had known one of the owners of CGI for many years. But I only had a passing knowledge of what the business was. Anyway, to make a long story short, MAJRS Holdings, LLC established a ficticious name registration with the State of Missouri to operate as Critter Guard (the new company is no longer called Critter Guard, Inc.). The actual purchase was done as an Asset Purchase Agreement, rather than a stock/share purchase agreement. Effective December 23, 2016, Critter Guard, Inc. ceased doing business and has since been formally dissolved. Critter Guard continues the same great products, distribution channels, customer service, quality, and passion for keeping those critters out of your equipment (or roof/attic)!

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