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Tips for Power Companies to Tame Blackouts

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Power outages become a severe inconvenience to power utility firms because they affect entire operations. Blackouts in various regions can last several hours or days. Changes in climate conditions and natural calamities are often attributed to most causes of catastrophic power outages. However, squirrels and rodents finding their way into substations across power lines largely disrupt power too. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems prevent critter access to these, so they are not a problem. Still, power utility companies need to find solutions to cushion themselves from the impact of unexpected or planned power failure. Here are a few tips:

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Fines and Protective Laws for Critters – Rodents Have Rights Too!

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Did you know that a squirrel lurking in the rafters of your house may be protected by law? In some states, squirrels are illegal to house or keep as pets, so are you breaking the law allowing the squirrel to stay in your house? Maybe. In addition, states like Washington and Oregon have extra protection for wildlife that come with penalties if they are neglected and put in harm’s way, so it is important to keep these critters out and avoid any burdening responsibilities. Protective systems like our Line Guard and Pole Guard will do just that, so you can live more worry-free.

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Protect Fiber Optic Cables for Your Everyday Life

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If you have ever used the internet (clearly yes, if you’re reading this blog post!), watched cable television, or used a landline telephone, you have relied on fiber optic cables. Fiber optics provide high-speed data transmission and can be frustrating, even life-critical, when data transmission gets interrupted. The technology plays such an important role in our lives, and it is crucial to protect it from things like critter damage with our Line Guard and Pole Guard.

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Maintain Proper Home Insulation

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In an ideal world, humans could live harmoniously in perfect, climate-controlled homes without any cost; unfortunately, we are far from that, so home insulation and air sealing is a must. Also unfortunately, squirrels, rodents, and other critters find their way into your home and destroy your home insulation efforts, costing homeowners small fortunes and unnecessary stresses. It’s best and easiest to keep them out and away from your home. Fortunately, critters can be kept at bay with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard, so you can keep your home and insulation safe, secure, and running in top-notch shape.

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Power Outages in the United States

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As our nation continues to develop and expand, so does our demand for electricity. In the United States, demand for power has increased steadily since records were first kept. As demand increases, so do the occurrences of power outages. Each year, businesses in the US lose about $150 billion due to outages. Weather-related outages alone are responsible for $75 billion per year, sometimes higher for years with numerous severe storms. Nearly half of electricity outage costs are attributed to other factors, and surprisingly, squirrels and rodents can be to blame when they discover and interfere with power utility equipment and substations. Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard can prevent this, as simple, but effective protective barriers for curious critters.

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