PG&E Warns of Valentine’s Day Hazard, Urges Customers to Secure Metallic BalloonsSource: Business Wire
“Metallic balloons are conductors of electricity and pose a significant
threat to power lines if released into the air. It takes only one
metallic balloon to inconvenience thousands of customers, cause
significant property damage and potentially result in serious injuries,”
Last year, metallic balloons were the cause of 456 power outages across
PG&E’s service area in Northern and
Floating metallic balloons resulted in outages throughout Northern and
The top five cities for balloon-caused outages in 2017 are:
In 2016, 429 outages were caused by metallic balloons – a significant spike from 2015 when 370 balloons disrupted electric service.
- "Look Up and Live!" – Use caution and avoid celebrating with metallic balloons near overhead electric lines.
- Make sure helium-filled metallic balloons are securely tied to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away. Never remove the weight.
- When done with balloons, do not release them. Puncture them several times or cut the knot and throw them in the garbage to prevent them from floating away.
Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon — or any foreign object — tangled
in power lines or inside a substation. Instead, call
PG&Eat 1-800-743-5000 to report the problem.
- Never go near a power line that has fallen to the ground or is dangling in the air. Always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous. Stay away, keep others away and immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments.
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