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Balloon Safety

It’s that time of year for fun festivities such as graduations and outdoor gatherings. Washington City Power would like to remind our customers that metallic balloons, or Mylars, can cause power outages and pose a public safety risk. Unlike latex balloons, Mylar balloons can stay inflated and float in the air for two weeks or more, posing a safety risk to our utility workers and the public. The safety of our customers and utility workers is always top priority. To reduce the risk of outages and potential injuries, here are some important tips on how to safely and properly handle Mylar balloons:

  • Keeping mylar balloons indoors, and away from entrances and exits
  • Tying down mylar balloons with weights, or securely tying them to stationary objects
  • Puncture, deflate and dispose of mylar balloons properly

If you see a Mylar balloon that has contacted a power line, keep yourself, your equipment, and all other items and people, at least 20 feet away. Always assume the power lines are energized. Do not attempt to climb the pole or try to retrieve the object. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the Power department at (435) 656-6329.

 –Power Department

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