When a metallic balloon or kite touches a power line or floats into substation equipment, it can cause a surge of electricity that short circuits equipment and can lead to power outages, fires, and possible injuries.
Keep metallic balloons indoors; never release them outside.
Make sure balloons are secured at all times to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away.
Metallic balloons and kites should always be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
Never try to remove anything caught in power lines or in electric substations.
If a kite or balloon gets caught in a power line, call Alameda Municipal Power immediately at 510-748-3900 to report the problem.