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New Law Aims to Deflate Metallic Balloon Outages, Hazards

Do words carry more weight than, well, a weight? Southern California Edison, like other California utilities that experience hundreds of metallic-balloon-caused power outages and their potential hazards yearly, will find out, thanks to a new state law. Signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown last September and effective since Jan. 1, Assembly bill 2450 requires that metallic balloons made by in-state manufacturers have a printed warning about the risk of releasing them in a conspicuous location and in a readable font that says: “CAUTION: NOT INTENDED FOR RELEASE. USE WITH COUNTERWEIGHT; DISPOSE OF PROPERLY. NEVER USE METALLIC RIBBON WITH BALLOONS.”

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