KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 7, 2014 – To raise awareness of electrical hazards during National Electrical Safety Month this month, Kissimmee Utility Authority is urging customers to be aware of the dangers that can arise when Mylar balloons touch power lines.
Helium-filled balloons made of Mylar — a metalized nylon substance — can float into power lines, causing power outages and downed lines.
Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or a high school or college graduation ceremony, make sure the balloons are secured to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away, or keep them indoors. To avoid the possibility of becoming entangled in power lines and causing power outages, never remove the weight and never release balloons outside.
KUA recommends these simple safety rules for handling metallic balloons:
— Be sure to secure a helium-filled balloon with a weight heavy enough to prevent it from drifting away.
— Never bundle metallic balloons together.
— Keep metallic balloons indoors and never release them outside.
— Never attach metallic streamers to any balloon, latex or metallic.
— Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, or any foreign object, tangled in power lines. Instead, call KUA at (407) 933-9898 to report the problem.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent