NEWARK, Del. (June
14, 2016) – Warm weather brings outdoor parties for
graduations, birthdays and weddings. However, when foil balloons, also known as
Mylar balloons, from those festivities come into contact with power lines,
outages can occur.
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.
Foil balloons were the cause of
nearly two dozen service interruptions since January 2015, resulting in almost 1,400
outages with an overall impact to approximately 30,000 Delmarva Power customers
over the past 17 months (roughly an
average of 1.5 balloon related incidents per month).Delmarva Power encourages
customers to help reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety
by keeping the following tips in mind:
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