Eversource Warns About Dangers of Mylar Balloons Around Power Lines

HYANNIS – Eversource is reminding the public that Mylar balloons are dangerous around powerlines.

The utility company is making the declaration as the balloons are common decorations used for celebrations during the summer season.

Officials say that the 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 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.”

Thousands of Eversource customers experience outages every year because of Mylar balloons.

The utility company asks people to make sure their balloons are secured, always deflate them and dispose of them properly and never release them outside.

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