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PG&E Valentine's Day Balloon Safety

PG&E Valentine's Day Balloon Safety

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and many customers will celebrate with festive bundles of 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.  Last year, metallic balloons were the cause of 503 power outages across PG&E's service area in Northern and Central California, disrupting electric service to more than 265,000 homes and businesses.  In the Stockton Division (San Joaquin, Amador and Calaveras counties), metallic balloons had a significant impact on customers casing 14,831 customers to lose power in 32 outages.The number of power outages caused by metallic balloons in PG&E's service area has more than doubled over the past decade and increased by nearly 6 percent from 2017 to 2018. For a complete list of safety tips for metallic balloons, visit PG&E’s website.

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