Industry Group Offers Tips on Smart Balloon Use
With summer celebrations imminent, national trade group encourages smart use of America‘s favorite party favor
- Keep balloons secured to a weight. A helium filled balloon should be tied securely to a weight that will keep it from releasing into the air.
- Do not release metallic (foil) balloons into the air. After the party is over, many people will want to take the balloons home, but when you’re finished with them, pop the balloons and dispose of them properly. Do not release them into the air, as they can cause problems if they are tangled in power lines and can turn into roadside litter if not disposed of properly.
- Keep deflated or popped latex balloons away from small children to avoid risks of choking. Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons; adults should always supervise young children with balloons.
- Latex balloons are made of natural rubber latex and are biodegradable, but may cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to natural rubber latex.
“Everyone loves the sight of a floating balloon, and they add magic to any party,” said
Balloon use is popular during the summer time, especially for “Congratulations” wishes for graduates, wedding parties, birthdays and other festive occasions.
Balloon sales are among the most popular items at small businesses such as florists, party and card stores, grocery stores and other locations.
The Balloon Council (TBC), an organization of retailers, distributors and manufacturers, was formed in 1990 to educate consumers and regulators about the wonders of metallic and latex balloons and the proper handling of them.
SOURCE The Balloon Council