For Immediate Release
Washington, DC (June 14, 2016) - Warm weather brings outdoor parties for
graduations, birthdays and weddings. However, these can lead to power outages
when foil balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, from those festivities come
into contact with power lines.
When a foil balloon contacts a
power line or a part of substation equipment, its metallic properties can cause
a surge of electricity that can, in turn, cause the equipment to short-circuit.
And the spark could lead to a power outage or fire. Outages caused by foil balloons
have affected about 7,300 Pepco customers since January 2015. Pepco encourages customers to help
reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety by keeping the
following tips in mind:
Keep balloons tethered
at all times and attached to weights.
Pepco customers can learn about more
safety tips by visiting Pepco.com.