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Evergy reminds people to keep Mylar balloons away from power lines

Evergy also shared a video of what can happen if a mylar balloon touches a power line.
Evergy also shared a video of what can happen if a mylar balloon touches a power line.(Via Evergy on Facebook)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 1:25 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Given that it’s graduation season, Evergy wants to remind people to keep Mylar balloons away from power lines. If they don’t, they risk causing a power outage.

Mylar balloons, which typically look metallic or silvery, are often used at celebrations. However, they do conduct electricity.

As such, if they touch a power line they can short transformers, melt electric wires, and cause a power outage. All of that is a public safety risk.

Evergy said they want to wish all high school and college graduates the best, but they ask that people hold on to their balloons while celebrating.

Evergy also posted a rather electrifying video showing what can happen when a Mylar balloon touches power lines.

Safety trailer: Graduation Balloons

🎓🎓 Wishing all the high school and college graduates in our service area the best as they commence! As a reminder, please hold on to balloons over the coming weeks as you attend celebrations. 🎈🎈 Metallic balloons have a silvery coating that conducts electricity. If the balloons make contact with power lines, they can short transformers, melt electric wires and cause power outages, all of which pose public safety risks.

Posted by Evergy on Friday, May 6, 2022