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Balloons, Kites and Power Lines Don't Mix


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.

  • Mettalic 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 AMP immediately at 510-748-3900 to report the problem.
  • Call (510) 748-3900 for Customer Service 24/7
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