Latex balloon manufacturers print warnings, cautions, and safety instructions on the packaging, and not on the product itself. Here are some of the warnings often found on latex balloon bags. The list may not be exhaustive.
- Adult supervision required
- Not suitable for children under 36 months
- Choking Hazard - Children less than 8 years can choke or suffocate on non-inflated or broken balloons
- Keep non-inflated balloons away from children
- Balloons may contain other small parts that pose a choking hazard (i.e. led light)
- Discard broken balloons immediately
- Do not inhale helium. Helium reduces and can eliminate oxygen available for breathing. Inhaling helium can result in serious personal injury or even death
- Do not release outdoors or near power lines. May cause power outages or damage
- Do not use metallic ribbon
- Always use with a counterweight
- A ribbon attached to a balloon could pose a choking or entanglement injury
The following cautionary warning statement, in the correct type size, must be placed entirely on the principal display panel of the products and appear prominently and conspicuously as required under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act at 16 C.F.R. §§ 1500.19(d) and 1500.121:
CHOKING HAZARD-Children under 8 yrs. can
choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons.
Adult supervision is required.
Keep uninflated balloons from children.
Discard broken balloons at once.
The requirements can be found at 16 C.F.R. § 1500.19 (b)(2). Please see: eCFR :: 16 CFR 1500.19 -- Misbranded toys and other articles intended for use by children.
Additional languages can be used on the product as long as the English language cautionary label meets the requirements. Cautionary statements in other languages should also meet the requirements. The statements are expected to be noticed and read by the consumers.