Last year, recorded 619 incidents within the uk rail network caused by helium balloons. It corresponds to approximately two incidents per day, writes The Guardian. Each time this occurs, trains must be stopped and the power supply of 25,000 volts turned off to be able to remove the ballongsnöret that have entangled itself in the wire – with a delay as a result.
colour - and odourless gas that is lighter than air. Therefore, the rising balloons – or other – filled with helium up in the air.
That the balloons can be a traffic hazard may come as a surprise. But in the Uk they are usually festive toys have become a growing problem in the railroad, just this week stopped a train to Birmingham for a ballongsnöre had gotten stuck in the wires inside at the Smethwick Rolfe Street station which led to delays for hundreds of passengers, writes The Guardian.
Now, Network Rail has issued an appeal to the passengers to overcome the interference.
– Ideally we would like people to not have some helium balloons at all of our stations or at least carry them in bags so that the risk to the flying off is minimised, " says James Dean, director for Network Rail in London to The Guardian.
in order that the balloons can cause serious injury or even death.
– If you are holding a helium balloon in contact with the wires, you can get 25.000 volts in the body and die, " says James Dean to the newspaper.
the Uk's national association for the ballongartister and suppliers, Nabas, have heeded the warning and launched a campaign which urges a user to operate the helium balloons, lanterns and other gas-filled objects responsibly and not release them into the atmosphere.
– Respect the environment and to prevent unnecessary danger and delays – and please, release them not, says George Oustayiannis, Nabas chairman to The Guardian.