illuminated flash light during power outage

Power outages can be quite the inconvenience, especially when they strike at unexpected times. While there are many causes of power outages, the two most common causes are weather and animal interference. Depending on the extent of damage, a power outage can last for a few hours, days, or even a month. Keep reading to check out a few preparation tips to take in order to stay safe during power outages.

Preparation Tips

Since most power outages occur during the least expected times and may continue for several hours, it's always essential to be prepared. To help with your power outage safety plan, check out this power outage safety check list.

  • Assemble an emergency kit
  • Check that you have flashlights and fresh batteries in place
  • Have a battery-powered radio or portable television available, particularly for storm-prone areas
  • Have a battery-powered or wind-up clock available
  • Make sure you have some non-perishable food and water
  • Ensure that you have some cash at hand, because ATM's may not be functional
  • Have access to a cell phone or single-line telephone

How to Keep Yourself and Your Appliances Safe During an Outage

When the power goes out, it's crucial to use flashlights rather than candles to minimize the risk of fires. If you're using a home portable generator, ensure proper use to eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to preserve your food for as long as possible. Always unplug all appliances that were in use before the power outage. This will help you protect your electric appliances from getting damaged due to power surges when the power comes back on.

How Critter Guard Can Prevent Outages Caused by Wildlife

As one of the leading causes of power outages, wildlife such as squirrels can easily gain access to power lines and other electrical equipment, potentially harming themselves and causing power surges and outages.

Fortunately, Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard systems are designed to help prevent wildlife from gaining access and damaging substations and power equipment such as wiring, conductors, and transformers.

To learn more about our products and how they can help protect power in your area, contact us at Critter Guard today.