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Metallic Balloon Safety

Mylar BalloonsMetallic balloons are great indoors, and can brighten the bleakest and most dreary winter day.  They are great at Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and many other occasions. However, you need to know how to properly use and dispose of metallic balloons, or you could cause a power outage.  Because of the metallic coating, they conduct electricity very well and can short out circuits in your community’s power system. You and your neighbors could lose power, traffic lights could go out, and entire blocks of homes and businesses could go dark. To prevent this, keep metallic balloons secured at all times. When you are done with the balloons, deflate them and throw them in the garbage. Do not release them.

Never tie a metallic balloon to a child’s wrist. If the balloon comes in contact with electricity, it will travel through the balloon and into the child. This could cause a serious injury, or even death.

Metallic balloons have been known to float for several days before losing their helium and returning to Earth. If one happens to land within the fence of an electric utility substation, it can cause electrical fires and untold dollars worth of damage after high transmission circuitry goes down.