By Laura Perdew
Sixty-six percent. It would be a great number in an election.
Unfortunately, it reflects a one-month spike in power outages caused by metallic balloons. Since the month of May and its celebrations of Mother’s Day, graduations and proms has arrived again, Southern California Edison (SCE) urges its customers during National Electrical Safety Month to keep the balloons secured to a weight as required by law and to never release them outdoors.
Last year, SCE’s balloon-related outages increased from 70 in April to 116 in May and eventually caused 2,454 hours of interruptions for homes and businesses over the 12 months.
“Customers should keep the balloons indoors, if possible, but they should always keep them tied to a weight that prevents them from floating away,” said Don Neal, SCE director of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety. “Never removing this weight is the best way to prevent outages and mishaps caused by balloons.”
Those mishaps include fires and injuries that can occur when balloon contact leads to downed power lines.
May and June are traditionally the worst months for balloon-related outages, with nearly 33 percent of SCE’s 689 such outages last year occurring in those months. In the past five years, …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce