Don’t let drones, kites or Mylar balloons spoil the day

Look up in the sky! Drones, kites and balloons … oh my! Between its beautiful weather and celebrations, June is the time of year when outdoor spaces get crowded with drones, kites and balloons. Drones, kites and Maylar balloons may seem harmless, but flying toys may quickly go from fun to deadly if they become entangled in power lines.

“While flying drones and kites can be fun and Mylar balloons are festive, if they come into contact with a power line or other electrical equipment, that could lead to power outages, fire and, possibly, injuries,” said Jack Bridges, PSE&G vice president of Electric Operations. “We want customers to know the risks and take steps to ensure their recreational activities and celebrations are a success.”

If your drone, kite or balloon does fly into utility lines: Do not try to dislodge it, or any object stuck in a power line. Extending poles or sticks of any kind toward a power line can expose you and others to electrocution hazards.

If a drone, kite or balloon gets caught in a power line, call PSE&G immediately at 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).

Safety is our top priority. To reduce the risk of outages and injuries, fly safely with these eight tips:

  1. Drone, kites and Mylar balloons should be kept away from overhead power lines and all utility equipment.
  2. Never try to remove anything caught in power lines or in electric substations.
  3. For drones, always follow all applicable laws and regulations, including Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
  4. Always keep drones at least 200 feet from power lines, substations, etc., so you have time to maneuver the remote controlled aircraft away from electrical equipment.
  5. Never fly kites in the rain or during electrical storms.
  6. Never cross a road or street while flying a kite or holding a balloon.
  7. Make sure balloons are secured to a weight that is heavy enough to prevent them from floating away.
  8. Always properly dispose of Mylar balloons safely by puncturing the balloon in several places to release the helium and prevent the balloon from flying away.

For more information, visit pseg.com/safety

Rebecca Mazzarella, Lead Writer - PSE&G

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