Valentine's Day might be good for the American economy, but that Hallmark holiday isn't always so great for the environment.
Every Valentine's Day, those tacky balloons that suckers buy as their last-minute cover-your-ass gift wind up in the power lines, and there's nothing erotic about that.
So this year, PG&E is
warning telling you romeos to hold onto your balloons.
Last year, metallic balloons were to blame for 290 power outages, affecting service to more than 134,000 homes and businesses throughout Northern and Central California. The number of power outages caused by metallic balloons in PG&E's service area has more than doubled over the past decade, according to PG&E.
So here's some Valentine's Day advice from the electricity experts themselves:
And if some uninformed skirt-chaser causes your power to go out, well, there is a silver lining: A candlelight dinner is more romantic.