Some balloon blowing kits contain cancer-causing substances. Make sure you buy a kit that meets the mandatory safety standard.
About balloon blowing kits
Balloon blowing kits allow children to inflate balloons using a blow-pipe and a synthetic glue-like substance. To use these kits, children attach the glue-like substance to the pipe. They then blow through the pipe to form a balloon.
Risks and injuries
Some balloon blowing kits contain benzene, which is a cancer-causing substance. If the kit does contain benzene, it can be easily inhaled or accidentally swallowed during use. To minimise risks, there is a mandatory safety standard for these products.
Children can choke or strangle themselves when playing with deflated or broken balloons or balloons with strings.
- Check ingredients on the kit packaging to ensure benzene is not included. If in doubt, check with the retailer.
- Dispose of any burst balloons to avoid children playing with pieces.
- Never tie a rubber balloon onto the side of a cot, pram or stroller.
- Ensure any strings attached to balloons are shorter than 22cm so they cannot cause strangulation.