PG & E warns of Mylar balloon safety concerns

Feb 12, 2016 6:56 PM by David McVicker

While February 14 might be the most romantic day of the year, it can also pose some huge safety concerns. Particularly for those who love ballons and are under powerlines.

One of the most popular gifts on Valentine’s Day, helium filled metallic balloons, can cause major power outages.

Pacific Gas and Electric officials reported that, last year, 370 power outages occurred thanks to these balloons. When a metallic balloon comes in contact with a power line it can cause a fire or a power outage.

Valentine’s Day just around the corner, lovers and friends alike are encouraged to dispose of them properly and, according to state laws, they must be tied to a weight.

Paul Moreno, Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman, said the safety concern expands beyond just the Mylar balloons.

“These balloon actually have metal in them and that conducts electricity but even a regular balloon, latex type balloon, even that coming into contact with power lines that can cause a problem too,” he said.

Not only balloons are an electricity concern but they also liter when they escape to the sky and impact animals who might eat them or use them for nesting.


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