On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the Glendale City Council adopted a new Mylar Balloon Ordinance, which prohibits the sale of electrically conductive Mylar Balloons filled with helium or gas lighter than air within city limits. The new ordinance allows only air filled Mylar Balloons affixed to a decorative structure, such as a post or balloon arch, at the point of sale. This new ordinance stems from many years of power interruptions due to the Mylar Balloons drifting into power lines and causing long outages and damages to GWP’s power infrastructure.
“We look forward to new developments in the balloon industry that include non-conductive balloons that will not cause outages. However, this new ordinance will help reduce outages and damages caused to our system until a new solution is in place,” stated Steve Zurn, General Manager of GWP.
The new ordinance will take effect on November 30, 2020 and will impose administrative citations and fines, and may result in the filing of misdemeanor charges, on businesses that sell Mylar balloons inflated with helium or gas lighter than air. For more information on the new ordinance, please click here.
To learn more about the dangers of Mylar Balloons and to see a video explaining just how dangerous Mylar Balloons are to power lines and equipment, visit bit.ly/mylrbln.