Water Balloon Alert: NYC Babes & Parks
Modern mamas (and papas) new and old please take a moment and SIGN THIS PETITION to ban water balloons from NYC parks.
While we fuss over which stroller, carseat, toss anything that might have BPA, put up gates and so on and so on in the name of our kids health and safety, not bringing water balloons to the park should be a no brainer. And while they are fun (no doubt) the choking hazard they pose is NOT.
Myself and the other moms are constantly taking tiny pieces of popped water balloons out of our little ones hands...
It is a HUGE hazard. Please take a moment if you are a parent or know one to sign the petition
TO HAVE SIGNS PLACED NOT ALLOWING BALLOONS IN THE PARKS
And make our parks safe for our children! thanks!
-- Simply Stated on every package of latex balloons WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once. CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs As parents WE take every precaution available, bringing water balloons to childrens parks in NYC, should not be allowed please sign the petition asking the nyc parks department to please ban balloons fron NYC parks where a high percentage of the children are UNDER THE AGE OF 3. Please ask your friends and neighbors to sign and pass it on. Thanks!
the Consumer Products Safety Commission found that children had inhaled latex balloons whole (often while trying to inflate them) or choked on fragments of broken balloons. Latex is dangerous because it is smooth and will conform to the trachea, blocking the airway and making it almost impossible to expel with the Heimlich maneuver. In fact, using the Heimlich maneuver when some air is getting through could make the situation worse by moving the balloon to completely obstruct the throat, said Dr. Marty R. Eichelberger, the director of trauma services at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. Likewise, unless the balloon can be seen and grasped completely, attempting to remove it by hand could easily push it farther into the trachea. Dr. Eichelberger recommended using the Heimlich maneuver only if the airway is completely obstructed. Otherwise, dial 911 or get to an emergency room, where doctors have equipment to clear the airway. But the safest thing is to not give young children latex balloons in the first place. Instead, Safe Kids recommends shiny foil balloons -- one common brand is Mylar -- which are considered less of a choking hazard. They are easier to inflate (and therefore less likely to be sucked in), do not tend to explode into small pieces, which can be swallowed, and are less pliable and do not conform to the trachea the way latex does.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SIGN AND MAKE OUR PARKS SAFE FOR OUR LITTLE ONES!
SIGN THE PETITION AND PASS IT ON!