Press Release

Don’t Let Mylar Balloons Spoil the Party

Metallic balloons may lead to power outages or fires if they come in contact with electrical lines

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(Uniondale, NY – May 16, 2019) — As Long Islanders plan graduation parties, religious observances and national holiday observances, PSEG Long Island encourages party planners and party goers to hold onto the balloons.

Mylar balloons are fun and festive and can add color and creativity to backyard parties. However, when metallic balloons are released, the balloons may float into power lines and the contact could cause power outages and potentially even fires. The distinctive metallic coating on Mylar balloons conducts electricity and can cause a short circuit. The short circuit can lead to power outages, fires and possible injuries.

The safety of customers is always PSEG Long Island’s top priority. To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, customers should keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Mylar balloons and other decorations should be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
  • Balloons should be secured to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away. Keep balloons tethered and attached to the weights at all times.
  • NEVER purposely release balloons into the air.Always properly dispose of Mylar balloons by safely puncturing holes in it to release the helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.
  • NEVER touch a power line. Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, toy or other type of debris that is entangled in an overhead power line. Call PSEG Long Island to report the problem at 1-800-490-0075, crews will remove the item safely.

For more balloon safety tips, visit https://www.psegliny.com/safetyandreliability/safetytips/balloonandkitesafety.

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PSEG Long Island
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.