SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mother’s Day and graduation celebrations call for outdoor gatherings. The utility company sent a news release to remind the public to take precautions with any Mylar balloons used to liven up the festivities, won’t pose a threat to the electric system. In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, Eversource is reminding customers that Mylar balloons can cause power outages and even pose a significant safety risk.
According to a news release sent to 22News, Bob Coates, Vice President of Safety at Eversource stated:
“The silver metallic coating on Mylar balloons is a conductor of electricity. If the balloon makes contact with power lines, it can damage electric lines and equipment, and cause power outages. In some cases it could even cause an electrical surge impacting nearby homes, it only takes one balloon to create a potential hazard for customers.”
“Thousands of our customers experience outages each year as a result of Mylar balloons,” said Coates. “By handling balloons with care, you can help prevent these disruptions and ensure the safety of others.”
Important tips for preventing outages and ensuring safety include:
- Make sure balloons are secured and can’t fly away
- Never release a Mylar balloon outside
- Keep all balloons away from power lines
- Never use metallic ribbon with Mylar balloons
- Never tie Mylar balloons to yourself or a child
- Always deflate Mylar balloons completely and dispose of them properly
- Never attempt to retrieve a balloon that is tangled in electric lines; instead, call Eversource at 1-877-659-6326 to report the problem.