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ComEd reminds customers to keep foil balloons away from power lines
(CHICAGO) February 14, 2017 – Don't let your fun Valentine's Day balloons spark an outage. Loose foil balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, can lead to power outages when they come into contact with outdoor power lines. Last year, one floating Mylar balloon bumped into power lines and caused an outage that impacted 2,500 customers.
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 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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