Float Time & Precautions
1.FLOAT TIME & BALLOON CARE: FLOAT TIMES FOR MYLAR BALLOONS
Mylar (foil) balloons will remain full and taught for 3-5 days. They will continue to float for two weeks or longer. Cool air will cause these balloons to shrivel, but they will return to a normal state when exposed to warmer air.
FLOAT TIMES FOR LATEX BALLOONS WITHOUT HI-FLOAT TREATMENT
16-inch latex balloons will generally float indoors from 36 to 40 hours.11-inch latex balloons will generally float indoors from 16 to 20 hours.Float times may be reduced significantly if balloons are used outdoors.HI-FLOAT™ TREATMENTAny latex balloon will generally float from 3 to 7 days if treated with Hi-Float™, a non-toxic sealant which coats the inner wall of the balloon. Any bouquet or balloon which includes the letters HF in the product number are automatically treated with Hi-Float™ without an additional charge. Other bouquets or balloons can be treated with Hi-Float™ for the price noted on the ADD TO CART page (approximately .45 per balloon).
EFFECTS OF WEATHER ON BALLOONS
Indoors or outdoors, the constant flow of air around a balloon will increase the speed at which helium molecules escape through the wall of the balloon, resulting in reduced float time. On hot days, in direct sunlight, balloons may pop within an hour. The same result can occur indoors if balloons are exposed to direct sunlight through windows.
A WARNING ABOUT FLOATING BALLOONS ON CEILINGS!
Static and invisible fibers on ceilings can cause balloons to pop. Allow your balloons to remain tied to an anchor for at least five hours before releasing them to the ceiling. This allows the balloons to shrink enough so that the skin becomes thicker and tougher. After five hours, take 2-3 balloons and rake them across the ceiling. If these do not pop, it should be safe to release additional balloons. If they do pop, allow additional time and run the test again.
A. Do not breathe helium from a balloon. Helium is not toxic nor flammable, but breathing it can result in asphyxiation (loss of consciousness due to insufficient oxygen).
B. Do not release mylar (foil) balloons outdoors. Power failures can result if these balloons become entangled in electric lines.
C. Popped latex balloons present a choking hazard for small children. Do not leave small children unaccompanied with latex balloons.
SMART BALLOON PRACTICES
Smart Balloon Practices Committee
The IBA Smart Balloon Practices Committee is committed to educating and reinforcing smart and environmentally responsible
balloon practices to the entire balloon industry as well as the general public.
Read Smart Balloon Practices Committee Press Release
It is recommended by The Balloon Council to use Smart Balloon Practices when selling helium-filled metallic balloons. Accidental power outages and litter caused by errant balloons are a concern for everyone in the industry and Smart Balloon Practices require the individual weighting of metallic balloons to prevent escape.
As responsible members of the balloon community it is our duty and obligation to follow these guidelines and to take care to educate our customers on the importance of "hanging on" to their purchases. Encouraging Smart Balloon Practices now will insure the continued enjoyment of balloons for future generations to come.
More information about Smart Balloon Practices and how to become a Responsible Balloon Retailer is now available onTheballooncouncil.org Web site.
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