Shiny, metallic Mylar balloons are a mainstay of celebrations such as graduations, weddings, Father’s Day and religious occasions that happen during the next few months. While they are festive, they can easily become hazards.
The Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSEG) Long Island is reminding customers during these celebratory months that balloons released into the air can become entangled in overhead electric equipment and cause a host of problems.
“Though they’re festive, fun and look nice, we want the public to be aware that metallic balloons also conduct electricity. If they get loose and come into contact with a power line or other electrical equipment, that could lead to power outages, fire and, possibly, injuries,” said Michael Sullivan, PSEG Long Island’s vice president of Transmission and Distribution.
“The safety of our customers and employees is PSEG Long Island’s No. 1 priority. We want our customers to know the risks and take steps to ensure their celebrations are a success.”
To mitigate these risks, PSEG Long Island encourages the public to follow these safety guidelines:
-Metallic balloons and other decorations should be kept clear of overhead power lines and equipment, and never purposely released into the air.
-NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, toy or anything caught in an overhead power line. Report it by contacting PSEG Long Island at 800-490-0075 so a specially trained crew can safely address the issue.
— Karina Kovac