Metallic balloons can cause power outages for residents
Memorial Day is Monday and that means summer is quickly approaching. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get friends and family together and hold events and celebrations outdoors in the nice weather. Though they can make a party more festive, Mylar balloons can cause power outages when they come in contact with electrical equipment.
When not secured or disposed of properly, Mylar balloons can pose a safety hazard to the electric system. Proper handling and disposal keeps the balloons from drifting into power lines and causing a power outage.
The metallic coating on Mylar balloons conducts electricity. Because of this, when a Mylar balloon comes in contact with a power line, it can cause a short circuit. This short circuit can lead to power outages, fires and possible injuries.
The safety of customers is PSEG Long Island’s top priority. To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, customers should keep the following safety tips in mind:
- NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, toy or other type of debris that is entangled in an overhead power line. Call PSEG Long Island to report the problem at 800-490-0075 so our crews can remove the item safely.
- Mylar balloons and other decorations should be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
- Make sure balloons are secured to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away. Keep balloons tethered and attached to the weights at all times.
- Always properly dispose of Mylar balloons by safely puncturing the balloon in several places to release the helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
For more kite and balloon safety tips, visit www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Home/Safety/kiteandballoon.