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NEW MYLAR ORDINANCE AIMED TO PREVENT POWER OUTAGES

The Burbank City Council took a step toward fewer power outages and reduced risk of wildfires when it voted 5–0 on January 11, 2022, to ban the sale of mylar or metallic balloons filled with helium or other lighter-than-air gas. Mylar balloons may be sold if they are filled with air only and attached or mounted to a post or decorative structure at the point of sale.

Mylar balloons, which have metallic coatings, are the leading cause of power outages in Burbank. Since 2000, those balloons have come into contact with BWP’s electric lines over 200 times. One mylar balloon has the potential to leave hundreds of residents and businesses in the community without power for up to an hour or more.

“Mylar balloons are fun, but over the years, they have caused hundreds of power outages in Burbank.” JEANNINE EDWARDS

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, SUSTAINABILITY, MARKETING, AND STRATEGY

Various other cities in Southern California have passed similar ordinances or are considering them. The California legislature is also considering a draft bill on this matter. Nearly a dozen states have banned the release of mylar balloons. Electric utilities across California report that mylar balloons coming into contact with electric lines or equipment continue to pose a risk of power outages, explosions, downed power lines, wildfires, and damaged infrastructure.

We understand mylar balloons are popular ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, sporting events, and graduation parties.

“Mylar balloons are fun, but over the years, they have caused hundreds of power outages in Burbank,” says Jeannine Edwards, Assistant General Manager of Sustainability, Marketing, and Strategy at Burbank Water and Power (BWP). “Our goal is to work with the community to help prevent power outages caused by mylar balloons. If you must have balloons filled with helium, you can always use latex balloons. Those don’t conduct electricity. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing all of the creative ways our community will use mylar balloons filled with air.”

The Burbank City Council took a step toward fewer power outages and reduced risk of wildfires when it voted 5–0 on January 11, 2022, to ban the sale of mylar or metallic balloons filled with helium or other lighter-than-air gas. Mylar balloons may be sold if they are filled with air only and attached or mounted to a post or decorative structure at the point of sale.

Mylar balloons, which have metallic coatings, are the leading cause of power outages in Burbank. Since 2000, those balloons have come into contact with BWP’s electric lines over 200 times. One mylar balloon has the potential to leave hundreds of residents and businesses in the community without power for up to an hour or more.

“Mylar balloons are fun, but over the years, they have caused hundreds of power outages in Burbank.” JEANNINE EDWARDS

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, SUSTAINABILITY, MARKETING, AND STRATEGY

Various other cities in Southern California have passed similar ordinances or are considering them. The California legislature is also considering a draft bill on this matter. Nearly a dozen states have banned the release of mylar balloons. Electric utilities across California report that mylar balloons coming into contact with electric lines or equipment continue to pose a risk of power outages, explosions, downed power lines, wildfires, and damaged infrastructure.

We understand mylar balloons are popular ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, sporting events, and graduation parties.

“Mylar balloons are fun, but over the years, they have caused hundreds of power outages in Burbank,” says Jeannine Edwards, Assistant General Manager of Sustainability, Marketing, and Strategy at Burbank Water and Power (BWP). “Our goal is to work with the community to help prevent power outages caused by mylar balloons. If you must have balloons filled with helium, you can always use latex balloons. Those don’t conduct electricity. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing all of the creative ways our community will use mylar balloons filled with air.”

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