For Immediate Release
Metallic balloons can lead to power outages if not disposed of properly
BALTIMORE (Feb. 13, 2019) – 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 can cause 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 lead to 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:
BGE customers can learn about more safety tips for the season by visiting bge.com.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Large segment of the 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Region of the 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of electric and gas utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.