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Jun 25

PG&E urges customers to keep metallic balloons secure

Posted on June 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm by Peter Ibrahim

With Summer festivities taking place, next week, many customers will celebrate with helium-filled metallic balloons. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges customers to securely tie a weight to all metallic balloons containing helium to prevent them from floating away. Metallic balloons that contact overhead power lines can disrupt electric service to an entire neighborhood, cause significant property damage and potentially result in serious injuries.

The number of power outages caused by metallic balloons in PG&E's service area has more than doubled over the past decade. In order to significantly reduce this number and to help ensure that everyone can safely enjoy their summer block parties, birthday parties and BBQs, PG&E reminds customers to follow these important safety tips for metallic balloons:
  • "Look Up and Live!" Use caution and avoid celebrating with metallic balloons near overhead electric lines
  • Make sure helium-filled metallic balloons are securely tied to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away – never remove the weight
  • When possible, keep metallic balloons indoors and never permit metallic balloons to be released outside, for everyone's safety
  • Do not bundle metallic balloons together
  • Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon, kite or toy that becomes caught in a power line – leave it alone, and immediately call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 to report the problem
  • Never go near a power line that has fallen to the ground or is dangling in the air (always assume downed electric lines are energized and extremely dangerous) – stay far away, keep others away and immediately call 911 to alert the police and fire departments
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