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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 7, 2010

HECO cautions of metallic balloon hazards

Advertiser Staff

With graduation coming up, Hawaiian Electric Company is reminding the public that metallic, helium-filled balloons can be hazardous if they drift into energized power lines and cause a short circuit.

HECO offers the following tips:

Attach a small weight such as a mug, toy of bag of candy to the string or ribbon attached to the balloon.

Do not remove the weight until the balloon has been deflated.

Each balloon should be attached to its own weight. Avoid tying a number of balloons together; there is a greater chance of them rising as a cluster and becoming entangled in power lines.

Never use metallic ribbons with helium-filled balloons.

Never release metallic balloons into the sky.

Dispose of metallic balloons properly; cut the balloon at the knot or sealing point.

If a metallic balloon is caught in a power line, do not attempt to recover it.

Call HECO at 548-7961 to report it.

On the Net:

HECO: http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.8e4610c1e23714340b4c0610c510b1ca/?vgnextoid=e5381d82d7927210VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=default