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APS: Mylar balloons can cause power outages

Don't spoil your party

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - With graduations in session, the Arizona Public Service (APS) would like to remind the community to keep a tight grip on their festive balloons during outdoor celebrations.

APS said mylar balloons can cause major power outages and create dangerous conditions when they come in contact with energized power lines.

It says this year, balloons have caused 24 power outages, interrupting service to more than 9,000 customers. To continue celebrating your student's special day, APS recommends the following safety tips.

  • Only use balloons indoors and away from overhead power lines. Even non-metallic balloons can
  • become entangled in lines and cause an outage.
  • Always attach a weight to metallic balloons or keep them tethered at all times.
  • Never play with balloons, kites, or drones around overhead power lines.
  • Always deflate balloons and dispose of them properly when no longer in use.
  • Always assume power lines are energized. Keep yourself and your personal items at least 100 feet away from power lines.
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