Did you know that if a mylar balloon contacts overhead electrical equipment or power lines, it can cause a power outage? The shiny appearance is from a metallic coating which can conduct electricity. In fact, if a person holding a Mylar balloon contacts an energized line, the balloon and person can become part of the electrical path to the ground – resulting in serious injury or even death. Please consider these precautions:
- Never fly kites or metallic or Mylar balloons near electric lines.
- If your kite gets caught in an electric line, don't try to remove it. Stay away from the utility pole and balloon string. Call SDG&E immediately at 1-800-411-7343.
- Do not cross a road or street while flying a kite.
- Never fly kites in the rain or during an electric storm.
- Make sure that kite string, wood, paper, or other kite materials are completely dry.
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