We all know what metallic balloons can do to sea turtles and other aquatic life.

But did you know those loose balloons can also cause power outages, and, with that, ruin graduation parties and Father’s Day get-togethers?

Well, this is a fact.

And PSEG Long Island this has issued a campaign to educate the public that mylar balloons “can also cause power outages when they get loose and come in contact with electrical equipment.”

The distinctive metallic coating on Mylar balloons conducts electricity, according to PSEG. So when a Mylar balloon comes in contact with a power line, it can cause a short circuit, which is what leads to fires, outages and possible injuries.

To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, Long Islanders can follow this advice:

  • Mylar balloons and other decorations should be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
  • Make sure balloons are secured to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away. Keep balloons tethered and attached to the weights at all times.
  • Always properly dispose of Mylar balloons by safely puncturing the balloon in several places to release the helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
  • NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, toy or other type of debris that is entangled in an overhead power line. Call PSEG Long Island to report the problem at 1-800-490-0075 so our crews can remove the item safely.

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