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Mylar balloons can cause power outages

Post Date:05/16/2017 9:49 AM
  • Lead Prevent power outages by never releasing Mylar balloons into the air, where they can catch on power lines.

The City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department doesn’t want new grads to get left in the dark at their own graduation parties. Mylar balloons, a popular and festive décor item, can cause power outages when released into the sky. Each year, Mylar balloons cause power outages to Mesa’s electric utility customers which can impact hundreds, maybe even thousands of our customers. In addition to causing power outages, they can also cause fires from the metallic material that gives them the shine that makes them so popular for parties.

If a balloon is released into the air and is caught on a power line or equipment at a City of Mesa electric substation, the balloons can create a surge in electricity, which can potentially lead to a short circuit. If a balloon does get caught on an overhead power line, customers should not attempt to retrieve it themselves, but should alert the City of Mesa at 480-644-2266 and trained field workers will be dispatched to the scene.

Here are some important tips to prevent outages caused by Mylar balloon outages:

  • Keep a tight grip at all times
  • Don’t celebrate by releasing balloons after graduations, weddings or momentous events
  • Tether balloons tightly and attach to a weight
  • Use regular string or ribbon, not slippery Mylar string
  • Completely deflate of helium before disposing of Mylar balloons
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