For Immediate Release
ComEd Media Relations
Metallic properties of balloons caused more than 200,000 customer interruptions in the last four years.
CHICAGO (February 12, 2016) – While love is in the air this Valentine's Day, foil balloons, also known as Mylar, in the air can lead to power outages when they come into contact with power lines. From 2011 – mid-2015, more than 240,000 customer interruptions occurred because of foil balloon contact.
When a foil balloon contacts a power line or a part of substation equipment, its metallic properties can cause a surge of electricity that can, in turn, cause the equipment to short-circuit. And the spark could lead to a power outage or fire.
ComEd encourages customers to help reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety by keeping the following tips in mind:
ComEd customers can learn about more safety tips for the season by visiting ComEd.com.
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