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Keep Your Valentine Safe this Year
Valentine’s Day is a special day for sweethearts and families to celebrate love each year. People flock to their local grocery and party stores to buy candy and balloons for the people they care about. However, the cute heart shaped metallic balloons that are so popular every year could have costly and even deadly side effects. As part of the “Teach Learn Care” TLC campaign, Safe Electricity urges consumers to understandthe safety concerns surrounding metallic balloons.
Metallic balloons, called Mylar balloons, are powerful conductors of electricity. They should not be released outdoors, near overhead power lines.
Metallic balloons that are not secured properly can float up into power lines or come down into electrical substations. Once in contact with electricity, Mylar balloons can cause power outages and extensive damage, that can cost thousands, even millions of dollars.
Tying a balloon to a child’s wrist is not an appropriate way to secure it. If the balloon came in contact with electricity, the electricity would flow through the balloon to the child, which could cause a serious injury or death.
Safe Electricity wants everyone to enjoy their Valentine’s Day with their special someone. However, when the celebration is over please remember to puncture the balloons and throw them away to keep them safely away from power lines and electrical equipment.
To see a live line power demonstration and to learn more about the risks posed by Mylar balloons and other electrical safety hazards, visit www.SafeElectricity.org.