For Immediate Release
Metallic balloons can lead to power outages if not disposed of properly
BALTIMORE (Feb. 13, 2018) – While that special someone may catch your eye this Valentine's Day, don't lose sight of foil-coated balloons that can lead to outages when they come into contact with power lines. Untethered balloons cause thousands of unnecessary electric service interruptions each year for BGE 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 cause the equipment to short-circuit. These types of outages can be prevented.
BGE encourages customers to help reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety by keeping the following tips in mind: