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Balloons and other items that contact electric lines can cause injuries and power outages
BALTIMORE (May 21, 2015) – With the end of the school year quickly approaching, many will
celebrate the accomplishments of recent graduates with outdoor festivities. And, with warmer weather
upon us, it’s also the time when customers begin to hold other events outdoors. BGE reminds customers
that these events can be dangerous and lead to power outages if Mylar balloons become loose and come
into contact with overhead power lines.
When a Mylar balloon contacts a power line or a piece of electric equipment, its metallic material can
cause a surge of electricity that can lead to power outages and other potentially dangerous situations.
To ensure a safe and fun-filled celebration, customers should keep the following safety tips in mind:
To learn more about safety around power lines, visit bge.com.
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