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.