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Metallic Balloons Cause Outages

Metallic balloons are great indoors and at birthdays, graduations and other special occasions. However, you must know how to use and dispose of metallic balloons properly, or you could cause a power outage and damage to the utility electrical equipment.
     Because of the metallic coating, they conduct electricity well and can short out circuits in Victory Electric’s equipment. You and your neighbors could lose power, traffic lights could go out, and entire blocks of homes and businesses could
go dark. To prevent this, keep metallic balloons secured.
     When finished with the balloons, deflate them and throw them in the garbage. Do not release them.
     Never tie a metallic balloon to a child’s wrist. If the balloon comes in contact with electricity, it will travel through the balloon and into the child.
     Metallic balloons have been known to float for several days before losing their helium and returning to Earth. If one lands within the fence of an electric utility substation, it can cause electrical fires and loss of electric service.

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