Don’t Let Mylar Balloons Ruin the Day

Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations…pretty much any celebratory gathering includes bright, shiny Mylar balloons.

Mylar balloons have a metallic coating that conducts electricity. They can cause an outage or serious injury when they touch a power line or electrical equipment in a substation. To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, please keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Never touch a power line or a balloon entangled in a power line. Call Central Lincoln at 877-265-3211 to report it so our crews can remove it safely.
  • Keep Mylar balloons inside. If you absolutely must have them outside, please don’t release them and keep them away from power lines and substations.
  • Never hold a Mylar balloon in the rain or during a storm.
  • Secure balloons with weights heavy enough to keep them from floating away.

Mylar balloons can stay inflated for over two weeks—please dispose of them properly by puncturing them to release any remaining helium, then discarding them in a trash receptacle.