Latex balloons that are inflated to their correct size do not pose a safety risk, however broken balloons and pieces of latex balloons can be dangerous. Small children and pets may chew on latex balloons that have broken and children sometimes try to blow bubbles with the small pieces. This poses a risk of ingestion and can block the airway causing suffocation. Broken balloons and all pieces should be collected and disposed of properly to avoid the risk of injury or death.
WARNING: Adult supervision is recommended. Uninflated balloons should be kept from children and pets. Immediately remove and dispose of broken balloons.
Latex is a natural product and like other items can cause sensitivity in some people. In a small number of people, this sensitivity to latex can cause skin irritation or other allergic reaction including anaphylaxis. Because latex sensitivity can occur, we do not place unwrapped candy inside of latex balloons. We also offer several options for gift giving that do not include latex balloons.
Balloon Cups, Sticks and Valves
Our Air-Filled arrangements may contain cups and sticks that hold latex or mylar balloons in place. These small plastic pieces may be a choking hazard. Some balloons contain a valve to seal the balloon. These are small plastic pieces that may be swallowed or cause a choking hazard to children and pets. As always, adult supervision is recommended.
It is important to note that helium can pose safety risks. Helium is a naturally occurring, non-flammable gas used to “lift” balloons causing them to float. Helium is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
NEVER INTENTIONALLY INHALE HELIUM – inhalation of helium replaces oxygen in the body and can cause asphyxiation. Inhaling helium can cause you to suffocate and die.
Helium in combination with latex or mylar balloons provides enjoyment for many, young and old. Care should be taken with balloons inflated with helium that they not be released into the atmosphere. While latex balloons are biodegradable, mylar balloons and balloon string/ribbon are not. We recommend “tethered” releases if you must release balloons for an event.
Stuff In Balloons is committed to maintaining and sustaining our environment. We recommend recycling or re-purposing old mylar balloons instead of sending them to the landfill. We use Qualatex latex balloons for our arrangements. Qualatex balloons, manufactured by Pioneer Balloon Company are only made from rubber trees located on plantations that are Rainforest Alliance Certified. To learn about The Pioneer Balloon Company’s sustainability efforts please download the fact sheet.