Picture of mylar balloon and damage to APS lines

This photo posted by Janet Dean to the Facebook page Payson Community News and Chat, shows a Mylar balloon that caused a power outage Friday.

A Mylar balloon caused about 3,000 Payson residents to lose power on the evening of May 22.

It took Arizona Public Service crews about 90 minutes “to quickly and safely restore power,” by 7 p.m. said Jill Hanks, a spokesperson with APS.

“It’s an unfortunate reminder for folks of the damage Mylar balloons can cause, especially as they may be celebrating graduations,” said Hanks.

APS safety tips regarding Mylar balloons:

  • Only use balloons indoors and away from overhead power lines. Even non-metallic balloons can become entangled in lines and cause an outage.
  • Always attach a weight to metallic balloons or keep them tethered at all times.
  • Never play with balloons, kites or drones around overhead power lines.
  • Always deflate balloons and dispose of them properly when no longer in use.
  • Always assume power lines are energized. Keep yourself, your equipment and all other items at least 100 feet away from power lines.

Contact the reporter at mnelson@payson.com

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