There’s a fast, inexpensive, and safe way to prevent outages caused by squirrels, birds and rodents without de-energizing at the transformer.
The Squirrely offers the following advantages and benefits:
- Highly effective in preventing electrical outages caused by squirrels and birds
- Can be installed while the service is still energized
- Easily installed with any style of shotgun
- UV protected for extended life
- Can be installed by 1 person on the ground using a telescoping hot stick with the Squirrely Installation tool HJA-700-100
- Height: 12″
- Insulator Size: For use on insulator up to 3 7/8“
- Environmental: -35° to 150° operation
- Material: UV resistant molded polypropylene copolymer, sky gray color
- ASTM standards met/exceeded: ASTM G-23-69 1000 hour accelerated aging test & ASTM D475 tracking test.
How to Install the Squirrely:
Outages Caused by Squirrels:
“I don’t think paralysis [of the electrical grid] is more likely by cyberattack than by natural disaster. And frankly the number-one threat experienced to date by the US electrical grid is squirrels.” – John C. Inglis, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency 2015.07.09
As told to The Washington Post, The American Public Power Association, a group representing municipal electric utilities, says that squirrels are the most frequent cause of power outages in the U.S., although it notes that squirrel-induced outages typically affect fewer people than outages caused by storms. “Squirrels remain the biggest wildlife nemesis because of their sheer numbers and smarts,” the story concluded. See article.
A recent incident in the Cyber Squirrel database happened on January 2 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. A squirrel touched grounded wire at an electric substation, knocking out power for a portion of the town for five hours.