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As most power outages occur with little to no warning, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared at all times. A power outage can be caused by both human and natural factors, including wildlife. Among the common factors include squirrels, storms, earthquakes, lightning, high power demand, deep digging, trees, and many more. In order to up your game for power outage preparation and safety, check out these tips below.

1. Keep an Emergency Kit

Some items to have in your emergency power outage supply include:

  1. Rechargeable batteries
  2. Other fuel options
  3. A portable generator
  4. Flashlights
  5. An all-weather radio

2. Stay Put

If you are inside when a power outage occurs, stay put. Going out and investigating could be dangerous, as fallen power lines and utility poles are a possibility and could still be energized.

3. Turn Off and Unplug Electronics and Appliances

When the power goes out, it’s important to remember to turn off and unplug electronics and appliances around the house. This will help to avoid any possible damages that could take place if the power surges back on high current.

4. Minimize Battery Usage

Power outage length can vary depending on the cause, lasting anywhere from a couple minutes to a couple weeks. During longer power outages, it’s important to minimize your battery usage in order to preserve the life of your phone, flashlights, radio, and any other important items you may need.

Critter Guard and Power Outages

Squirrels and other small animals are a major leading cause of frequent power outages. Fortunately, our humane wildlife prevention products at Critter Guard can help prevent outages in your area. The Line Guard prevents the animals from accessing critical points in the overhead lines. The Pole Guard prevents animals from crawling or climbing higher on electric poles.

To learn more about our products and how they can help protect your home from costly power outages, contact us today.