Delmarva Power: Valentine’s Day gifts can spark electrical outages


Its Valentine’s Day, and many people will get that special electric feeling when exchanging gifts with their secret admirers. However, Delmarva Power wants you to keep its electricity flowing smoothly. That’s why they’re warning people to keep a tight grip on any foil balloons you may give or receive.

Those shimmery, crinkly balloons can lead to power outages if they come into contact with power lines; officials say hundreds of unnecessary power outages can be traced back to Mylar balloons causing an electrical surge.

They say you should keep balloons tethered and attached to weights, dispose of them by puncturing the balloon and placing it in the trash instead of letting it float away, and call Delmarva Power if you see balloons tangled in power lines.