PSEG-LI is warning residents about Mylar balloons, so popular at spring and summer graduation and wedding celebrations, and the problems they can bring if they get entangled in power lines.
The metallic Mylar balloons, if released into the air, can become entangled in overhead electric equipment and create several problems.
“Though they’re festive, fun and look nice, we want the public to be aware that metallic balloons also conduct electricity. If they get loose and come into contact with a power line or other electrical equipment, that could lead to power outages, fire and, possibly, injuries,” said Michael Sullivan, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of transmission and distribution. “The safety of our customers and employees is PSEG Long Island’s No. 1 priority. We want our customers to know the risks and take steps to ensure their celebrations are a success.”
The utility offers this advice:
- Metallic balloons and other decorations should be kept clear of overhead power lines and equipment, and never purposely released into the air.
- All balloons with helium should be secured to weights that prevent them from floating away.
- To properly dispose of a Mylar balloon, safely puncture it in several places to release the helium, and discard it in the trash.
- Never touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, toy or anything caught in an overhead power line. Report it by contacting PSEG Long Island at 800-490-0075 so a specially trained crew can handle the problem.