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Candice Womer

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Delmarva Power Says Don’t Let Loose Balloons Foil Your Celebration or Power for Others

​NEWARK, Del. (May 31, 2023) — With graduations and outdoor events that bring many families and friends together to celebrate, Delmarva Power reminds customers not to let foil balloons put a damper on your celebration, or on those around you. Foil balloons, also known as mylar balloons, can wreak havoc on the electric grid. Untethered balloons cause Delmarva Power customers to experience unnecessary power outages every year. These balloons also have been known to float for days and can end up having a negative impact on the environment.

Foil balloons have a metallic coated shell and when they contact an electric power line can cause significant damage, leading to power outages. From 2018-2022, more than 3,000 Delmarva Power customers experienced an outage due to a foil balloon contacting electric infrastructure. That caused approximately 3,150 hours customers spent without power, or 62 minutes per customer over the same time. Already in 2023, 50 Delmarva Power customers have experienced a power outage caused by balloons.

Here's a few tips from Delmarva Power to help reduce the potential for future power outages as a result of foil balloons:

  • Always keep balloons tethered or attached to weights.
  • Properly dispose of foil balloons by puncturing a hole to release helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
  • Consider an alternate way to celebrate special holidays and events that doesn't involve balloons. Check out for unique ideas on how to celebrate, remember and honor the people who impact our lives without the use of balloons.

If a balloon is tangled in a power line, do not attempt to retrieve it. Always assume lines are energized and keep yourself, your belongings and anything you are touching at least 10 feet away at all times. For assistance, call Delmarva Power at 800-375-7117.

At Delmarva Power, safety is a top priority. Whether changing a light bulb, inspecting insulation or planting a tree, please work safely. Always be mindful of overhead wires when using a ladder and keep any equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines. Call 811 before starting any project that involves digging to learn the approximate location of underground utility equipment. Planting trees and shrubs, and installing a fence or mailbox are all examples of digging projects where a call to 811 must be one of the first steps.

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