Use Caution. Shiny Balloons and the Electric Grid: What You Need to Know This Valentine’s Day
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Use Caution. Shiny Balloons and the Electric Grid: What You Need to Know This Valentine’s Day

How much damage can a cute, Valentine’s Day foil balloon cause? More than you would think.

Foil coating found on those shiny balloons you see on Valentine’s Day can cause preventable power outages and possible injury. When these balloons meet power lines or electrical equipment, their metallic properties can cause a surge of electricity that disrupts power and damages equipment. In fact, untethered balloons cause hundreds of unnecessary service interruptions for our customers each year.

If your Valentine’s Day involves a shiny foil balloon, or two, here are some tips to follow:

  • Always keep balloons tethered and attached to weights.
  • Properly dispose of foil-coated balloons by puncturing them to release helium that otherwise could cause them to float away.
  • If your grip does happen to slip, NEVER touch a power line or attempt to retrieve a balloon that is entangled in an overhead power line. For assistance, call us at 1-877-PEPCO-62.

So, take the extra step to secure foil balloons properly. Take it from us, your date won’t be impressed if you cause a power outage in their neighborhood.