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Atlantic City Electric Reminds Customers to Keep Foil Balloons Away From Power Lines

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (June 16, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on many events, including birthdays and graduations, but as families and friends begin to come together again to celebrate these achievements, Atlantic City Electric reminds you not to lose sight of those foil balloons. Foil balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, can cause power outages if they come into contact with power lines. Untethered balloons cause thousands of unnecessary electric service interruptions each year for Atlantic City Electric customers. These balloons also have been known to float for days and can end up having a negative impact on the environment.

When foil-coated balloons contact a power line or other electric equipment, their metallic properties can cause a surge of electricity that can impede equipment. These types of outages are easily preventable. Atlantic City Electric encourages customers to help reduce foil balloon-related power outages and ensure safety by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Keep balloons tethered at all times and attached to weights.
  • Properly dispose of foil balloons by puncturing the balloon to release helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
  • NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon or toy that is entangled in an overhead power line. For assistance, call Atlantic City Electric at 800-833-7476.
  • Always assume power lines are energized and keep yourself, your belongings and anything you are carrying at least 10 feet away at all times.

Atlantic City Electric customers can learn more safety tips by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com/safety.

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