May 21, 2020

Annual graduation festivities are a popular time for Mylar/metallic balloon sales, but the public utility for the Lower Florida Keys is urging caution about their use.

Keys Energy Services is reminding its customers that Mylar/metallic balloons can drift away and land on power lines and in electrical substations, potentially resulting in power outages, KEYS spokesman Julio Torrado said.

Since 2010, KEYS’ customers have experienced more than 45 power outages directly caused by balloons or kites, Torrado said.