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Metallic Balloon Safety

Keep your Valentine safe this year.

Mylar Baloon
If you celebrate with metallic balloons, remember to keep them tethered at all times and dispose of them properly. Proper handling and disposal keeps them from drifting into power lines and causing a power outage. When a metallic balloon touches a power line or floats into substation equipment, it can cause a surge of electricity that short circuits equipment and can lead to power outages, fires, and possible injuries. In the course of a year, it would not be surprising to find that metallic balloons that come into contact with overhead power line or substation equipment cause power outages that affect hundreds of thousands of electric consumers. To reduce these outages and help keep the lights on, keep the following tips in mind: Keep balloons tethered at all times and attached to a weight. When no longer in use, puncture and deflate the balloons before creatively reusing or disposing of them. If a balloon or another toy becomes entangled in an overhead Read More