What do the warnings printed on foil balloons mean?

Modified on Thu, 27 Jun at 5:55 PM

Warnings printed on foil balloons may be required by law in some states or jurisdictions. Below are some details on the warnings or messages printed on foil balloons.

Messages printed on balloons may include, "keep balloons away from all electrical power lines", "tie all balloons to weights, and "do not release balloons outdoors". There are various product warnings to protect the manufacturers from liability and to educate and caution users of the product. 

CE markings are the manufacturer's declaration a product complies with essential requirements relevant to the European health, safety, and environmental protection legislation. CE markings are mandatory in order for balloons to be sold in Europe because balloons fall under the guidelines as a children's toy. 

A manufacturer typically prints warnings and cautions in small text near the top or bottom of the balloon. Once a balloon is inflated the warnings are not so visible, especially if printed on the top of the balloon. 

Most foil balloons sold internationally have similar warnings and emblems (i.e. the CE marking), so the same balloon with the same warning can be sold in every country. It is important to note that the printing of each warning or caution may not be required for safety. 

It is vital that consumers follow all warnings no matter what country they live in or jurisdiction they fall under.

Here are some common warnings found on balloons and/or packages.

  • Adult supervision is required.
  • Not suitable for children under 36 months.
  • Keep uninflated balloons away from children.
  • Discard broken balloons.
  • Do not inhale helium. Helium reduces and can eliminate oxygen available for breathing. Inhaling helium can result in serious personal injury or even death.
  • Inks used conform to government standards for children’s toys.
  • Do not release outdoors or near power lines. May cause power outages or damage.
  • Do not use a metallic ribbon.
  • Always use a counterweight.
  • Could pose a choking hazard.
  • Ribbon attached to balloon could pose a choking or entanglement injury.
  • Use safety glasses when inflating balloons.
  • CE marking.
  • Do not expose balloons to extreme heat or heat sources, it can cause the balloon to burst
  • Cold air can cause the balloon to appear deflated. Exposure to warm air will restore proper inflation.    
    • The following are a few symbols you might see on a balloon or its packaging

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