Valentine’s Day Metallic Balloon Safety Reminder from PG&E

February 9, 2018 8:00 am · 10 comments

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many people will celebrate with metallic balloons. PG&E reminds customers metallic balloons that contact overhead power lines can disrupt electric service, cause significant property damage and potentially result in serious injuries.

Last year, metallic balloons caused 456 power outages across PG&E’s service area in Northern and Central California, disrupting electric service to more than 371,000 homes and businesses. In the East Bay alone, there were 113 metallic balloon-related outages, affecting service to more than 117,000 customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

PG&E says to always tie a weight to metallic balloons, avoid celebrating with balloons near overhead electric lines and never attempt to retrieve a balloon – or any other object – caught in power lines. Balloons should also be deflated before being discarded to prevent them from floating away.

If you encounter a downed power line, keep yourself and others away and call 911 immediately.

Dawg February 9, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Either ban them, or kwitchyerbellyakin.

Oracle February 9, 2018 at 8:38 AM

Common sense? Probably won’t be long before someone decides to ban Valentine’s Day anyway…though I am having trouble thinking of a reason why. People are pretty creative when it comes to thinking of ways to be offended.

I’m going to do my part and not buy metallic balloons and if I see someone with one pop it and throw it away, or perhaps recycle it.

PIPER V February 9, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Right-on Dawg. They should have been banned years ago. There’s no sense to selling these metallic balloons. The helium-filled ones are almost as bad as they float everywhere with the wind and can disrupt wildlife.

Serious? February 10, 2018 at 4:37 PM

And morons keep having massive balloon releasing celebrations to mourn their loved ones. Yeah, celebrate their life by killing other things and making it worse for everyone else.

Moneypenny February 9, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Not only do balloons cause power outages, but they also make their way into our streams, rivers and eventually our oceans. Long strings attached to them can also harm wildlife as they can get entangled around an animal, bird or sea life’s mouths and bodies and cause death. Balloons are used for a few moments and discarded into our landfill. We need to ban these useless environmental disasters once and for all.

Kentucky Derby February 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM

I haven’t bought balloons in years, but some people actually discard them properly. I always deflated them afterwards. Only fools let them float away, and fools will exist even if you ban balloons. Lets ban fools instead.

Serious? February 10, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Right now we are still paying them to breed and make more.

Sign from Above February 9, 2018 at 11:31 AM

So, let me get this straight……. Ban balloons, ban long strings, ban anything that may have the slightest potential for impact on wildlife, and ban anything that floats in the wind (because we know it will have to land at some point), It seems people want to ban anything and everything for some reason or another. Maybe we should just ban life!

Serious? February 10, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Well, we should. For some people…. I am more than happy to come up with a test.

slagheap February 11, 2018 at 8:52 AM

hey, you, ” sign from above, ” maybe you don’t know know what you’re talking about, huh? in addition to whatever other problems they cause, over the years metallic balloons have caused numerous fires and explosions in the electrical grid.

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