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    Windy Conditions Fear of Fires Cause Power Cut

    California Cuts Power as Wildfire Risks Increase

    High winds pose a greater threat of wildfires in California resulting in one of the largest preemptive power blackouts in the state's history as dry conditions are expected to raise the risk for millions of people in the coming days.

    The outages could start early Wednesday morning, Pacific Gas & Electric said in a press release Tuesday. The utility said the shutoffs were being considered based on a fire weather watch from the National Weather Service. 

    PG&E, which has 5 million customers in California, said the shutoffs could impact nearly 800,000 customers in 34 northern, central and coastal counties. 

    PG&E spokesman Jason King told weather.com Monday that any outages would affect "portions of those counties." He could not speculate on the probability of all of PG&E's customers in the affected areas being without power at the same time. 

    California Cutting Power in Fear of Wildfires

    Portions of the West Coast and the Southeast are under threat for wildfires, according to the National Weather Service. California utility Pacific Gas & Electric says its customers in 34 counties could face preemptive power outages later this week. 

    "What we're working on right now is determining if and where we'll need to turn off power in the interest of public safety," King said. "Our meteorology and our operations teams are monitoring conditions in real time. (A) determination hasn't (been) made yet what portions of each of the counties will be turned off." 

    A power shutoff over the weekend affected 10,300 PG&E customers in Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Those three counties are also included in the new alert. 

    In addition to the 800,000 or so PG&E customers who could be impacted by blackouts, more than 100,000 Southern California Edison customers in eight counties could also see preventive outages in southern portions of the state, according to the Associated Press. 

    Windy conditions can cause power lines to spark fires when they are blown down or to come into contact with trees or other vegetation. PG&E power lines have been blamed for several high profile fires in recent years, including the blaze that killed 86 people last year in Paradise, California.

    California Wildfires and Wind

    Hundreds of thousands of California homes and businesses started to lose electric power early Wednesday as part of an unprecedented effort by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to prevent wildfires, the utility said. Nearly 800,000 northern and central California homes and businesses can expect to lose electricity for up to several days, starting on Wednesday, PG&E said. State investigators determined in May that PG&E transmission lines had caused last year's Camp Fire. That fire killed 85 people, making it the deadliest in California's history.

    The company had already filed for bankruptcy protection by then, citing potential liabilities of more than $30 billion from the Camp Fire and the 2017 North Bay Fires. Conditions before the fires were about the same then as they are now in the region. Gale-force winds are expected to last through midday Thursday, with gusts up to 70 miles per hour, PG&E said. Humidity is low, leaving the air extremely dry.

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said "red-flag" warnings were posted across the entire state for what was shaping up to be the strongest wind so far this season. Consequently, PG&E said on Tuesday it was extending a previously announced "public safety power shutoff" to 34 counties, more than half of all the counties in California. It's the largest such precautionary outage the utility has undertaken to date. Once power is turned off, it cannot be restored until the winds subside, allowing the utility to inspect equipment for damage and make any repairs, PG&E said.

    The first phase of the outages, affecting about 513,000 customers in northern California, began after midnight, PG&E said in an early morning release. Depending on the weather, additional outages will continue at noon, the company said. "We're telling customers to be prepared for an outage that could last several days," PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian told Reuters.

    Some consumer advocates have objected to the precautionary disruptions, saying they can harm people who need electricity for medical equipment. But PG&E promised to open community centers in 30 locations across the planned outage zone to furnish restrooms, bottled water, battery charging and air-conditioned seating during daytime hours. Sarkissian said PG&E had placed 45 helicopter crews and 700 extra ground personnel on standby for inspections and repairs once the wind dies down. Some equipment locations will require workers to hike into remote or mountainous areas, she said.

    California and the Southeast expected to have above normal wildfire activity

    California and Southeast Expect Above Normal Wildfire Activity

    On October 1 the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for October through January. The data represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit.

    If NIFC’s analysis is correct, the Southeastern United States and areas of California will have areas with above average potential for wildfires through December. Below: An excerpt from the NIFC narrative report for the next several months; More of NIFC’s monthly graphical outlooks; NOAA’s three-month temperature and precipitation forecasts; Drought Monitor; Vegetation greenness map; Keetch-Byram Drought Index.

    From NIFC: “Both [California and the Southeast] appear to have areas of elevated large fire potential entering the fall, especially across the Southeast where drought is emerging in the Appalachians. In California, fuels remain receptive to fire activity under critical fire weather conditions in the middle and lower elevations.

    California and the Southeast expected to have above normal wildfire activity

    The grass crop remains dense. This should remain a concern heading through October, November, and into December. In the Southeast, the persisting dry conditions will allow for the fuels to continue to dry which will allow for the large fire potential to continue to gradually elevate until the frequency of passing weather systems begin to increase in December and January.”

    Breezeometer Air Pollution and Wildfire Warning App

    NEW Air Pollution App is also Wildfire Warning System

    Breezometer, a free app that offers real-time air quality data, announced that it will be offering fire alerts to help users determine if they're in harm's way. Wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent than ever, and can have lingering effects on the air quality. The fire alerts are based on information from NASA and local sources and -- combined with the app's own algorithms -- can determine which direction the smoke is traveling and its impact on air quality.

    Through the app, users who live between 20 to 60 miles of a wildfire can receive timely updates on its progress. Wildfire pollution was only recently discovered to travel long distances.

    Last year's California wildfires polluted air more than 100 miles away, which prompted a statewide health emergency. The state's wildfires have even spread to the East Coast due to cross-country winds. "The current systems for measuring air pollution rely on outdated methods that are not comprehensive, causing unnecessary exposure to harmful pollution," said BreezoMeter CEO Ran Korber.

    App for Air Pollution and Wildfire Warnings

    The BreezoMeter app also measures other factors that impact air quality, such as ozone and particulate matter as well as pollen. You can access its insights through either the Android or iOS app, or its Live Map.

    Amazon Affiliate Marketing for Pet Products with K9 Masks

    Amazon Affiliate Marketing for Pet Products with K9 Masks

    Amazon affiliate marketing is available to anyone wanting to earn money promoting pet products and the K9 Mask on their website, blog, or internet channel. Sign up to create your Amazon Affiliate Account. Using your unique Amazon Affiliate links you will be able to earn money promoting K9 Masks on your website or internet channel. Promote healthy choices for dog owners while earning money.

    You will be able to create shopping links to K9 Mask products like these and earn money every time someone clicks on your link to buy products on Amazon.

    Examples of K9 Mask Amazon Affiliate Links:

    Two Keys to Make Money as an Amazon Affiliate

    1. Generate consistent traffic to your blog, website, or internet channel.
    2. People just need to CLICK on your affiliate links or posts and buy something even if it is NOT the item to which you linked.

    Being a valued resource to your readers and potential followers are all important elements to gain and maintain website, blog, or internet channel traffic. When someone clicks through your affiliate link to make a purchase on Amazon you will receive a commission. 

    Earn Money with Amazon

    Most people know the term “Amazon Affiliate,” but there are numerous ways to make make money with Amazon.

    Banner Ads – This is not traditional banner ads and it almost looks like this might be fazing out or getting a facelift in time for the holidays.
    CPM – You need an existing ad network set up but once you have one you can create banner, sidebar, header, and footer ads from Amazon. Amazon allows you to set your cost per mill (or cost per thousand impressions). If Amazon cannot fulfill a space at your set CPM the ad will revert back to your regular ad network.
    Native Ads – Various times throughout the year Amazon runs specials using the Native Ad Platform. Native Ads are customizable so that you put in the exact products you would like displayed or you can pick subcategories of products to display.
    Mobile Popover – If you choose this option be mindful of your readers experience and make sure to test it on your own site before full implementation.
    Link to a Page – Instead of linking to just one product you can link to hot topics, best sellers, special offer pages, or search results.
    Seasonal Promotions – This option allows you to have a static sidebar ad on your blog or site that promotes one of hundreds of different special offers. Everything from Prime Pantry for Pet Food Delivery to deep discounts on open boxes of camping gear. Use the search function to find an option that makes sense for you or scroll through the categories to see what is currently on offer. Traditionally, Amazon creates holiday-themed pet promotions sometime in November.
    Bounties – Amazon has a number of subscription-based products that they want your help in promoting. These are called bounties. You can copy and paste code onto your blog that allows your readers to take advantage of a trial offer. When they sign up for the offer you get a set payout. Bounties change seasonally so check back often to see is something new has popped up.
     
    Earn Money with K9 Mask and Amazon Affiliate Marketing for Pet Products

    10 Fast Facts About Amazon Affiliates

    1. Please ensure when sharing Amazon affiliate links in your blog posts or website that they do not appear in your newsletter or RSS feed. This is a great reason to switch your blog posts from read-in-full to click-for-more option. Be sure that if you do include affiliate links in your post that they appear below the read more links. Also, you cannot use Amazon affiliate links in ebooks or PDFs. You can link in ebooks and PDFs to your blog posts that contain Amazon Affiliate links (again, with proper disclosure in the posts).
    2. While you can share links freely to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram please be aware that Amazon Affiliate program policy is a little less clear on sharing to Pinterest. To that end, we recommend not sharing to Pinterest until terms of service change. Links shared on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter must have proper disclosure.
    3. When sharing to your blog and social media, please remember to fully disclose.
    4. You have the options of being paid via gift card or direct deposit. Either way, you will receive payment on a minimum of $10 earnings. If that takes one month or six months, the payment will accumulate in your account. If you prefer to receive a check be aware that payout on check does not occur until you have accumulated $100 in payment.
    5. A strong Call to Action is essential in any blog post, especially with affiliate links.
    6. Regarding the handshake tool on Facebook, as of this writing you are not to tag Amazon. You should tag a brand in the post that you are promoting. You also need to properly disclose.
    7. When sharing an affiliate link on your blog, it must be a nofollow link.
    8. Watch for promotions and bounties in your Amazon Affiliate dashboard. Promotions expire, but in most cases, bounties do not.  If you plan to use these sort of affiliate opportunities with Amazon, you can either start a spreadsheet to track expiring promotions and/or you can choose the “set it and forget” option.
    9. Give your readers options: If you show them a K9 Mask you use, give them a variety of mask sizes and air filters using ads within blog posts. Or you can hyperlink your text using a unique affiliate account like saying something like, “The perfect air pollution solution for your dog.” 
    10. If you build it, they will come. Personally, I set my top 10 posts up as Amazon affiliate posts with proper disclosure because Google Analytics tells me they are the most trafficked posts on my blog. In doing so, I have seen a direct conversion of those products recommended and related ones. Remember, as long as someone clicks through and buys something from you on Amazon from that clicked link within 24 hours, you will get the commission.

    Bonus Amazon Affiliate Tip

    Check your dashboard from time to time. I check my dashboard weekly, but I know folks who check in daily. By following what people are purchasing and related products, you can even build content that makes sense around this data. Check out the clicks and ordered items within your affiliate dashboard and to track sales and revenue. You are a business owner, so work this facet of your business like a boss!

    Earn Money with Amazon Affiliate Marketing Account for Pet Products

    Don’t Get Kicked Out

    There are many ways to get kicked out of the Amazon Affiliate program. You need to work the program so that folks are actually clicking on your links. Amazon won’t keep affiliates on who are not contributing to their bottom line: Sales.

    Amazon Program Policies

    Always check your Amazon Affiliate terms of service for any changes and/or updates.

    1. Pet products receive an eight percent standard fee. This means that whatever you share that falls under pet products you will receive eight percent on the sale.
    2. Be careful when sharing Amazon Affiliate links to free Kindle books. If you share too many links or that is all your readers are clicking on and “purchasing,” you can be locked out of your affiliate and bounty payments for that month. Regular Kindle books or Kindle books that are discounted but not down to free are fine to share and would not make you fall into this category.
    3. If you currently have multiple Amazon Affiliate accounts so that you can take advantage of visitors from the UK and Canada you can now take advantage of the OneLink feature. Basically it links your accounts and you can use one code for everyone. The OneLink code takes your visitor to their local Amazon Store to purchase the item you are featuring. 

    Start earning money today by signing up for an Amazon Affiliate Account. Put your content about dog's to work for you. 

    Effects of Air Pollution on Pets and Dogs

    How Air Pollution Effects Your Pets

    People aren't the only ones who can suffer ill effects from exposure to air pollution. Many pet owners have concerns about the effects of air pollution on their animals, and scientists are beginning to study the potential risks for pets that have exposure to air pollution.

    Research has confirmed the dangers of air pollution for humans. People who are exposed to excessive air pollution have an increased risk of developing respiratory issues such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Cardiovascular disease is another potential health issue connected to exposure to air pollution. Those with pre-existing cardiovascular disease as well as elderly people and young children may even be at risk for premature death from pollution exposure.

    Urban Air Pollution and Pets

    Sources of Air Pollution

    Air pollution originates from many different sources. Fumes from wildfire smoke, vehicle traffic, power plants, construction, the burning of coal and gasoline. Homes can be filled with pollution from sources such as wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, tobacco smoke, and cooking. Pets living in urban areas have a higher exposure to and risk from smog and exhaust pollutants, while animals living in rural areas may be exposed to chemicals due to the spraying of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.

    Scientific Studies about Air Pollution

    Studies have shown that pets living in homes with cigarette-smokers have increased health risks, perhaps even greater than those for humans living in the same homes. This is because pets spent more time near the floor, where smoke concentrations are higher. Cats exposed to secondhand smoke have been shown to have reduced lung function when compared to felines living in smoke-free homes, according to scientific research. Scientists are also exploring links between common indoor activities such as smoking and the use of cleaning products and certain cancers in dogs.

    Pets are also at risk from outdoor air pollution. In a recent study of dogs in Mexico City, scientists examined the brains of local dogs to compare them with the brains of dogs in cities with less pollution. The brains of dogs living in Mexico City showed inflammation, amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles, which are associated with Alzheimer's disease in humans.

    Another study conducted by the University of Massachusetts and the Tufts University Cummings School of Medicine involved 700 dog owners and their use of pesticides. The results showed that about a third of the dogs had canine malignant lymphoma, a type of cancer. The study also showed that the dogs had a 70 percent higher chance of developing lymphoma if the owners used pesticides in their yards.

    Affect of Air Pollution on Animals and Pets

    Cats have also been found to be more likely to develop asthma when exposed to indoor or outdoor pollutants. Felines living in homes where a wood-burning fireplace is in use or smoking occurs are often found to have a marked decrease in lung function.

    Taking Steps to Reduce Pets' Exposure to Air Pollution

    Because many pets spend the majority of their time indoors or in their yard, it's important for owners to take steps to minimize exposure to air pollution both inside and out.

    • Change air filters often.
    • Vacuum frequently to remove hair and other pollutants.
    • Avoid smoking indoors.
    • Choose chemical-free cleaning products when possible.
    • Reduce carbon emissions when possible by carpooling, taking a bus, or biking.
    • Choose areas for outdoor exercise of pets where the air is cleaner (away from highways).
    • Use chemical-free products in the yard whenever possible.

    Dog Air Pollution Filter Mask

    Our dog pollution mask is engineered for extreme environments. We use N95 and PM2.5 dog pollution mask air filter protection including Activated Carbon air filters. K9 Mask dog muzzle filter technology protects against smoke, smog, emissions, mold, allergies, toxins, chemicals, and bacteria. Created for dogs to uniquely fit the shape of a dog muzzle and protect a dog from extreme air pollution. K9 Masks are washable and have air filter refills for pure air every time your dog wears it. Choose clean air for your dog.

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