Mylar balloons can light up any party—but if not handled properly, they can leave entire communities in the dark.
Mylar balloons have metallic properties that make them a good conductor of electricity. If these balloons touch a power line or float into substation equipment, they can cause a surge of electricity that can lead to power outages, explosions, fires, and possible injuries.
Follow these tips to make sure Mylar balloons are handled properly:
- Make sure Mylar balloons are weighted and tied down so they do not fly away.
- Do not tie a Mylar balloon to a child’s wrist. If the balloon comes in contact with electricity, the child could receive a fatal shock.
- When the party’s over, puncture the balloons before disposing of them. Never purposely release Mylar balloons.
- If a balloon does get in a power line, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself. Contact your local utility for assistance.