So you’re tired of bringing candy and flowers to your Valentine every year and you’ve decided to order a big bunch of heart-shaped, helium balloons in metallic red.
Give you sweetheart a warning with that gift.
A metallic balloon that touches an overhead power line can knock the power out for a whole neighborhood.
The metal in the balloon can cause a surge of electricity if it touches a power line, and that can short-circuit equipment. The result could be lights-out for thousands of people; a fire; or injuries.
Take a few precautions if you’re giving Valentine’s Day balloons this year:
- Tether each balloon to a weight so it can’t float away.
- When you’re ready to dispose of the balloons, pop them so they can’t become airborne.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from power lines if you’re walking outdoors with a balloon.
- If your balloon happens to get tangled in a power line, leave it there and call your electric cooperative for assistance. You could get electrocuted if you touch a power line.