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Marcus Beal

Pepco Reminds Customers to Keep Foil Balloons Away From Power Lines

​WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2018) – While that special someone may catch your eye this Valentine’s Day, don’t lose sight of foil balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, which can lead to outages if they come into contact with power lines. Untethered balloons cause thousands of unnecessary electric service interruptions each year for Pepco customers. These balloons also have been known to float for days and can end up having a negative impact on the environment. 

When foil-coated balloons contact a power line or other electric equipment, their metallic properties can cause a surge of electricity that can impede equipment. These types of outages are preventable. 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.
  • Properly dispose of foil balloons by puncturing the balloon to release helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
  • NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon or toy that is entangled in an overhead power line. For assistance, call Pepco at 1-877-PEPCO-62.
  • Always assume power lines are energized and keep yourself, your belongings and anything you are carrying at least 10 feet away at all times.
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