Mylar balloons: No Valentine for power lines!

Electric co-op mascot Willie Wiredhand says don’t be “Cupid” with metallic balloons. They can conduct electricity and could cause fires, injury or death if they get caught in power lines.

Those shiny balloons and ribbons used to celebrate Valentine’s Day and other special occasions are coated with a thin layer of metal.

That makes them an excellent conductor of electricity and a potential danger to anyone holding it if the balloon, for example, is carried outside near equipment like the electrical service connection. Here are other things to keep in mind:

  • Always keep metallic balloons secured when transporting them outdoors and never release them outside. They can cause a lot of damage if they drift into power lines or electrical equipment.
  • Do not bundle metallic balloons together.
  • When the celebration is over, puncture the balloons and throw them away.
  • Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon, kite or toy that becomes caught in a power line. Leave it alone and immediately call your electric co-op to report the problem.