Outdoor celebrations often can include shiny, metal-coated balloons. The shiny coating on these metallic balloons is a good conductor of electricity. If the balloon comes in contact with an overhead power line, it will cause a surge of electricity. These surges cause electrical explosions, and fires. It’s a dangerous situation that also can cause power outages that require expensive repairs.
Safety tips from Safe Electricity about metallic balloons:
- Weight balloons down and away from power lines.
- When done, deflate the balloon and throw it away. Do not release metallic balloons.
- Never tie a metallic balloon to a person’s wrist.
- Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, or any object that becomes entangled in electrical equipment. Contact your utility for assistance.
For more information, contact the St. Charles Electric Utility at 630.377.4407.