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Balloon Hazards: Safety Tips for Your Next Balloon Décor

Published December 6th, 2023 by Booths By Christy

In the vast realm of event décor, balloons have long held a special place. Their variety of colours, sizes, and the endless possibilities of crafty arrangements transform any event into an enchanting celebration. However, it's crucial to remember the potential hazards that balloons, especially latex and mylar ones, can pose if not adequately handled or disposed of. Here, we've curated a list of safety tips for your next balloon décor arrangement.

Be Alert during Inflation

Inflating a balloon might sound like child's play, but it can expose one to various risks, like balloon pop and injury due to exerted pressure. Always instruct children to keep a safe distance while balloons are being inflated. For adults, wearing protective goggles might seem over-the-top, but it can potentially save your eyes from injury. And of course, if you’re using a helium tank for inflation, it should be handled with care and only by adults, ensuring it's securely shut after use.

Beware of Choking Hazards

Balloon pieces, especially when they rupture, can pose serious choking hazards, particularly for children under eight. Always supervise children around balloons. If a balloon bursts, immediately collect and dispose of all the fragments. Whenever possible, opt for Mylar balloons (foil balloons) for children's parties as they're less likely to burst and pose a choking hazard compared to the traditional latex balloons.

Be mindful of Allergies

Latex balloons are perhaps the most common type used, but they also can be a source of allergy for some individuals, causing symptoms like skin irritation, itchy eyes, and in severe cases, even anaphylaxis. If you're organizing an event where many people will be present, consider using non-latex alternatives or clearly necessitate a designated 'latex-free’ zone.

Ensure Strings and Ribbons are Secure

Strings and ribbons attached to balloons can cause entanglement-related accidents. To prevent this, ensure that they are adequately secured and not hanging too long where people, especially children, can get tangled.

Use Balloon Weights

When using helium balloons, always secure them with suitable balloon weights to avoid them from flying around or escaping into the atmosphere. Not only can the drifting balloons pose a threat to wildlife when they deflate and fall, they can also cause power outages if they become tangled in electrical lines.

Proper Disposal

Once a celebration is over, remember that balloons are not biodegradable. Therefore, dispose of them properly in the trash rather than releasing them into the environment. Encourage other attendees at your event to do the same.

Balloons, while they are indisputably festive elements of any celebration, carry with them some inherent risks. But with the right measures and taking careful precautions, you can continue to make your events vibrant and fun-filled, while also ensuring the safety of your guests, particularly young children. The joy balloons bring should never be overshadowed by preventable accidents. Keep these safety considerations for your next balloon décor in mind and party responsibly.

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