BGE: Foil-covered balloons can cause power outages

BGE: Foil-covered balloons can cause power outages

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Can balloons cause power outages?

BGE says it's a real danger.

With Valentine's Day around the corner, the power company is warning people about metallic/foil-coated balloons, saying they can lead to outages if they're released and contact power lines.

"Untethered balloons cause thousands of unnecessary electric service interruptions each year for BGE customers," said BGE in a news release Tuesday. "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," BGE explained. "These types of outages can be prevented."

BGE urges customers to keep balloons tethered and attached to weights at all times, and to properly dispose of them by puncturing them.

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