ComEd reminds us of Mylar balloon safety this Valentine's Day

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - ComEd says we should fill the air with love, not balloons this Valentine's Day.

The company says when Mylar balloons come in contact with power lines or electrical substation equipment, the metallic properties in the balloon can cause short circuits that lead to power outages or fires.

ComEd says to avoid outages or fires, keep balloons secured and attached to weights and properly dispose of Mylar balloons by letting air out of them so they don't float away. They also say we should never try to retrieve a balloon that is stuck in an overhead power line and we should always assume the power lines are live.

For more seasonal safety tips head to ComEd.com