BERLIN, Conn. (June 13, 2019) – Summer welcomes many celebrations including birthdays, graduations, and Father’s Day, and Mylar balloons are common decorations used to liven up the party, but the festive decorations are dangerous around power lines. In recognition of National Safety Month, Eversource is reminding customers that Mylar balloons can cause power outages and even pose a significant safety risk.
“It only takes one balloon to create a potential hazard for customers,” said Eversource Vice President of Safety Ken Bogler. “The silver metallic coating on Mylar balloons is a conductor of electricity. If the balloon makes contact with power lines, it can damage electric lines and equipment, and cause power outages. In some cases, it could even cause an electrical surge impacting nearby homes.”