HECO: Hold on tight to their metallic balloons - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

HECO: Hold on tight to their metallic balloons

Posted: Updated:
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Graduation season is here and Hawaiian Electric Company urges everyone celebrating our proud graduates to hold on tight to their metallic balloons. 

Metallic balloons are made of a material that conducts electricity. When a loose balloon tangles in a power line, it can create a short circuit that can lead to a power outage. 

Tangled balloons may also present a safety issue for utility crews that have to remove the material from energized power lines.

To minimize the chances of a stray metallic balloon, please follow these simple tips: 

  • Always add a heavy weight on the end of the balloon string.  If you have several metallic balloons, each balloon should have its own weight.
  • At the point of purchase, make sure the retailer has securely tied the ribbon or string to the balloon at the sealing point. 
  • Use only non-metallic ribbon or string.
  • Do not remove the weight until the balloon is properly deflated. The best way to deflate the balloon is to cut the balloon at the knot or sealing point.
  • Most importantly, never release metallic balloons into the sky.

If you see a metallic balloon or any object caught in a power line, please leave it alone and call Hawaiian Electric's trouble line at 548-7961 to report it. 

For more information, visit HawaiianElectric.com and click on "Safety and Emergency."  

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

 

Top Stories

2012 Graduation Slideshow (SIDEBAR)

Updated:

SLIDESHOW: Hawaii's 2012 Graduations More>>