Mylar balloons can cause power outages

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Mylar balloon bouquets can drift great distances, and fly right into power lines, causing very dangerous conditions. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Everyone loves to celebrate a graduation, birthday, baby shower, anniversary or wish someone well by purchasing a bouquet of silvery, sparkly and festive helium-filled balloons. With colorful messages printed on their surfaces, these balloons represent fun and good times. However, if the pretty balloon bunch accidently gets away and floats into electrical lines, it could cause a great deal of trouble and create very hazardous conditions. Mylar balloons are very dangerous around power lines. The shiny metallic coating conducts electricity. When these balloons drift into high voltage lines, they can short out transformers, cause power outages and even melt wires and cause them to fall to the ground. The balloons can spark a power surge that could potentially ruin electronics and applia
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