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

 

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

Foil coating found on those shiny balloons you see on Valentine’s Day, can cause power outages and have a negative impact on the environment if not disposed of properly. When a balloon or other foil-coated product contacts power lines or electrical equipment, its 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 1-800-833-7476.

So, keep a tight grip on that shiny balloon this Valentine’s Day. Take it from us, your date won’t be impressed if you cause a power outage in their neighborhood.