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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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