BALLOON FLOAT TIMES These are approximate times and can vary.
Balloon float times are dependent on the surrounding conditions. Temperature for example can have substantial effects on the shape of balloons - warm conditions expand the balloon while cooler conditions contract it, they also can vary outdoors in direct sunlight or extremely cold or hot conditions.
A standard 11" latex balloon filled with helium will float for approximately 9-12 hours. A standard 18" foil balloon filled with helium will float for approximately 3-4 days. Floating times increase gradually with increasing balloon diameter.
If you require a prolonged float time, we can coat our latex balloons with a resin allowing up to 4 times longer float time. Please note that this requirement must be stated at time of booking and an extra surcharge is applicable.
What about hot and cold, how does that affect balloons? The important thing to remember is that our balloons are inflated at room temperature. Let’s say for sake of argument that this is 22 degrees. Helium, being a gas, will contract in the cold, and expand under heat. This means that balloons can pop in extreme heat, and also can look deflated in the cold. In winter our foil balloons will look saggy when you take them outside, but then will ‘puff out’ and look normal again at room temperature. Latex balloons are elastic so this effect is not noticeable, the rubber shrinks as the gas contracts so they will appear smaller but not saggy or wrinkly. In summer, we make an effort to under-inflate balloons so they can withstand an increase in temperature both outside, in transit, and at their final destination. If you leave balloons in a hot car in the summer they can burst, the same applies to a conservatory or greenhouse. In winter, leaving them against a radiator or space heater can do the same.
It is possible to choke or be suffocated by an un-inflated balloon or piece of burst balloon, please keep them away from children under eight and animals.
INHAILING HELIUM IS DANGEROUS AND CAN RESULT IN ASPHYXIATION.
Children under the age of eight (8) years with balloons
Should be supervised at all times.
• Always use a hand pump [or similar] to inflate balloons •
• Adults should inflate balloons for children under the age of 8 years •
• Never put a balloon, or piece of a balloon, in or near the mouth •
• Inhaling helium can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and death •
• Under no circumstances inhale helium from a balloon or helium tank •
• Always discard broken balloons safely •
• When handled responsibly balloons pose no threat to health, wildlife or the environment •
BALLOON KINGDOM cannot be held responsible for any accident or injury following the mis-use of balloons.