When we see balloons, the first thing that comes into our mind is a momentous event or a special occasion. We use it as decoration and for entertainment purposes. Just like the Mylar balloons that are commonly given to loved ones on Valentine's Day, metallic balloons are mostly used in many ways like reusing them for gift wrapping, scrapbooking, and any craft ideas. Cute isn’t it? However, these balloons will become increasingly scarce in the state of California. Why are these balloons being banned when they are cost–effective and can bring joy to others?

According to KTLA News, by 2028, the state will begin phasing out sales of balloons. By 2031, they will become illegal contraband in the state of California. A state law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom prohibits the use of these electricity-conducting balloons. The reason for this action was that metallic balloons pose a significant risk of causing wildfires, power outages, and even explosions. If they come into contact with the power lines, it will surely cause an electrical shortage or much worse a detonation. In 2022, Southern California Edison reported 802 outages and 97 explosions. Meanwhile, residents in California are being exhorted to keep metallic balloons on the ground until the new law takes effect. It is stated that violators may face fines of up to $ 2,500 per day. These balloons are dangerous not only to humans but also to animals. The new law does not expressly prohibit all metallic balloons; only those that conduct electricity are hazardous due to their metallic coating, which endangers public safety.

The main goal of having a strong economy will always be to keep the environment safe. Everyone is responsible for protecting and finding a solution. In lieu of metallic balloons, why not use something more eco-friendly? It will be a big help and a great way to begin a change.




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Authored by: Nicole Anne Manzo

Nicole Anne Manzo

Nicole Anne Manzo is an Online Journalism intern of PS Media Enterprise. She is currently a 4th-year BA Communication student at the San Pablo Colleges, San Pablo City,Laguna.

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