KISSIMMEE, Fla., February 13, 2015 – Valentine’s Day is here and Kissimmee Utility Authority is reminding its customers that Mylar or metallic balloons, often a part of this special celebration, can cause power outages if not disposed of properly.
More metallic balloons are sold on Valentine’s Day than any other holiday and, not surprisingly, it’s also the same day that utilities across the country experience numerous metallic balloon-related power outages.
Metallic and nonmetallic balloons can knock out service when they float between power lines. The high-voltage electricity can arc across the balloons, burning down wires, damaging equipment and interrupting service.
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 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla
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Contact: Chris Gent