Kite and Balloon Safety
Metallic balloons and kites can cause unnecessary power outages and can injure you and others, including PSEG Long Island employees working on equipment.
The metallic coating on Mylar balloons conducts electricity. Because of this, when a Mylar balloon comes in contact with a power line, it can cause a short circuit. This short circuit can lead to power outages, fires and possible injuries.
To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, customers should take precautions when flying a kite or handling Mylar Balloons.
- If a kite or balloon gets caught in a power line, call PSEG Long Island immediately at 1-800-490-0075 to report the problem.
- Never try to remove anything caught in power lines or in electric substations.
- Never fly kites or balloons in the rain or during an electrical storm.
- Never cross a road or street while flying a kite or holding a balloon.
- Kites and Mylar balloons should be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
- Make sure balloons are secured at all times to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away.
- Always properly dispose of Mylar balloons by safely puncturing the balloon in several places to release the helium that otherwise could cause the balloon to float away.