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Why Drivers Must Stay in Vehicles When Power Lines Come Down

Posted by on Mar 9, 2019 in Driving Tips, Safety Tips | Comments Off on Why Drivers Must Stay in Vehicles When Power Lines Come Down

When a power line has gone down and is over or near your car, you should always assume the wire within the power line is still live or “energized.” Even if you can’t see smoke, arcs, or sparks coming from the power line, it may still be energized. Even with downed lines that have low voltage, from 120 to 130 volts, there’s still enough amperage and enough voltage to give you a lot of trouble as any high voltage line could. The real danger occurs when you step out from your car—setting one foot onto the ground while the other remains in the vehicle causes you to complete a circuit and then get electrocuted or shocked. This is called “touch potential.” In another instance, you might step out from your vehicle and start walking from the downed line to...

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How to Help Cats Enjoy Car Travel

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Driving Tips, Safety Tips | Comments Off on How to Help Cats Enjoy Car Travel

While this may not be the time of year for traveling the countryside in your car, it will come sooner rather than later, and you’ll have to answer a crucial question—should you bring your cat along for the ride? In the end, this largely depends on your particular feline—your cat may have had few negative experiences and therefore won’t mind it that much, or your cat may have enough early bad memories—becoming nauseous or getting poked and prodded at the vet—that they can only think of the car as a scary place. Traveling by car with an animal can be stressful or even dangerous if done wrong, so be sure to adhere to our simple tips below. Use a Carrier It’s safer for everyone involved if your cat is inside a certified cat carrier while traveling. Loose pets are...

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