PNM strives to ensure the safety of balloonists and spectators during the Balloon Fiesta

PNM strives to ensure the safety of balloonists and spectators during the Balloon Fiesta



REPAIR AND REHABILITATION. ALTHOUGH, AS WE ALL PREPARE FOR THE EXCITEMENT OF THE 50TH ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA, IT IS IMPORTANT TO PREPARE FOR SECURITY AS WELL. AND ALTHOUGH ACCIDENTS ARE RARE AT THIS EVENT, SASHA LENNINGER SHOWS HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF OR EVEN SAVE A LIFE. IF YOU ENCOUNTER A BALLOON IN POWER LINES NEXT WEEKEND, OUR SKYLINE WILL BE FILLED WITH MORE THAN 600 HOT AIR BALLOONS REMINDING US WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO. IF A BALL HITS A POWER LINE, IT’S RARE, BUT IT DOES HAPPEN. HOT AIR BALLOONS COLLISION WITH POWER LINES, TOUCHING A BALLOON WRAPPED IN A POWER LINE COULD CAUSE A CHAIN ​​REACTION THAT WILL INJURY BOTH THOSE TRYING TO PROVIDE AID, AS WELL AS EVERYONE IN THE GENELIC DES BALLOONS IN 2021. DURING THE BALLOON PARTY. AT LEAST THREE HOT AIR BALLOONS HAPPENED OVER POWER LINES. PNM WELCOMES LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS, TEACHING THEM THE DO’S AND DON’TS. OUR FIRST THOUGHTS IS ALWAYS TO TRY TO HELP IN A SITUATION, BUT IF YOU CREATE A PATH TO THE GROUND THAT THE HUMAN BODY IS VERY CONDUCTIVE, YOU WILL END UP THE POWER LINE THROUGH THE BALLOON, GONDOLA AND YOUR BODY AND NOT A GOOD IDEA. YOU CAN SEE HOW QUICKLY THINGS IGNITE ANYTIME. ANY SMALL WIRE OR ROLL OR RIBBON LIKE THAT MAY BE CONDUCTIVE IF YOU ENCOUNTER A HOT AIR BALLOON OR DOWN LINES, NEVER TOUCH THEM. ALWAYS ASSUME A POWER LINE IS LIVE OR ELECTRICAL, EVEN IF IT IS ON THE GROUND, EVEN IF YOU CANNOT SEE IT SPARKING OR ASKING. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA, KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND REMAIN CALM. FOLLOWING THESE RULES ARE JUST SOME SIMPLE THINGS WE CAN DO TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR RIDERS SAFE. E

PNM strives to ensure the safety of balloonists and spectators during the Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta is a time when hundreds of balloons are seen in the Albuquerque sky. As the balloons fly, pilots should be aware of power lines in the area in order to stay safe. While these types of incidents are rare, PNM would like to remind everyone what to do if a balloon comes into contact with a power line. If you see a balloon come into contact with a power line, do not approach the balloon. You should call 911 immediately. Touching a balloon entangled in power lines can injure anyone trying to help and could injure those inside the balloon’s basket. Electricity seeks the path closest to the ground. A ball hanging from a live power line can become fatal if someone touches the ball or ties it while standing on the ground. PNM says if you see a balloon contacting power lines, call 911 immediately.

Balloon Fiesta is a time when hundreds of balloons are seen in the Albuquerque sky.

As the balloons fly, pilots should be aware of power lines in the area in order to stay safe.

While these types of incidents are rare, PNM would like to remind everyone what to do if a balloon comes into contact with a power line.

If you see a balloon come into contact with a power line, do not approach the balloon. You should call 911 immediately. Touching a balloon entangled in power lines can injure anyone trying to help and could injure those inside the balloon’s basket.

Electricity seeks the path closest to the ground. A ball hanging from a live power line can become fatal if someone touches the ball or ties it while standing on the ground.

PNM says if you see a balloon contacting power lines, call 911 immediately.