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This Valentine’s Day, Fly Your Heart-Shaped Mylar Balloon Inside
Valentine’s Day conjures images of flowers, chocolates, and red, heart-shaped Mylar balloons. These balloons are an easy way to create a festive atmosphere on Valentine’s Day. However, they can become a hazard if they are released outdoors – the balloon’s metallic coating is a conductor for electricity and can cause a power surge if it gets entangled with power lines, which can result in power outages and, in some cases, melting of electrical wires, or fires. Unlike latex balloons, Mylar balloons can stay inflated and float in the air for more than two weeks because they are filled with helium, increasing the risk of hazard. Here are some tips to ensure you and your special someone stay safe on Valentine’s Day – or anytime you buy a Mylar balloon for a holiday or celebration: 

• Fly Mylar balloons indoors and keep them away from all entrances and exits so they can’t float outside. 
• If you must take the balloons outdoors, keep them tethered with weights and away from power lines. 
• Dispose of balloons properly after use by puncturing and deflating them. 
• Always assume power lines are live, even during an outage. 
• Never attempt to retrieve any type of balloon caught in a power line. ​