Metallic balloons are a popular decoration used to celebrate birthdays, graduations and other special occasions, but they play havoc with power lines. Each year, Mylar balloons cause power disruptions that impact thousands of homes and businesses.
Mylar balloons are made of metallic material that can cause a short circuit and can eventually lead to equipment failure when they come into contact with power lines. Just one balloon can cause a short circuit which can trigger an explosion or melt an electrical wire, potentially resulting in power outages, fires and possible injuries.
So far this year, Mylar balloons have caused outages that have affected almost 5,000 customers.
To reduce the risk of outages caused by Mylar balloons, El Paso Electric has these suggestions: