Valentine's Day warning: Don't cause a blackout with your love

Your helium-filled token of affection could cause a power outage, Peco warns.

It's Valentine's Day and electricity is in the air.

But be on your guard. Your token of affection could cause a blackout.

Peco is warning that Mylar, or foil, balloons can trigger outages if they come in contact with power lines.

In fact, the utility says, they are responsible for  "thousands of unnecessary electric service interruptions each year for Peco customers."

"These balloons also have been known to float for days and can end up having a negative impact on the environment,"  Peco adds.

 The advice is simple:


  • Keep balloons tethered at all times and attached to weights.
  • Properly dispose of foil balloons by puncturing the balloon to release helium so it cannot 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 Peco at 1-800-841-4141.
  • Always assume power lines are energized and keep yourself, your belongings and anything you are carrying at least 10 feet away at all times.