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California Law

The California Law

The California law for balloons is listed in the California Penal Code Chapter 1559 Section 653.1. The text of the California balloon law can be found below or at

Balloons; electrically conductive material or appurtenance; sale, distribution or release outdoors; reports

  1. No person shall sell or distribute any balloon which is constructed of electrically conductive material, and filled with a gas lighter than air without:

  2. No person shall sell or distribute any balloon filled with a gas lighter than air, which is attached to an electrically conductive string, tether, streamer, or other electrically conductive appurtenance.
    No metallized ribbon on helium filled latex or foils, even if weighted. No helium filled arches built around steel cable, or with metallized ribbons.

  3. No person shall sell or distribute any balloon which is constructed of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air, which, is attached to another balloon constructed of electrically conductive material, and filled with a gas lighter than air.
    No tying helium filled foils together - each must be individually tied to the weight. No helium filled foil arches (but air-filled foil arches - even on conductive aluminum rod or EMT frames - are OK).

  4. No person or group shall release, outdoors, balloons made of electrically conductive material and filled with a gas lighter than air, as part of a public or civic event, promotional activity, or product advertisement.
    No foil balloon releases.

  5. Any person who violates subdivision (a), (b), (c) or (d) shall be guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100). Any person who violates subdivision (a), (b), (c) or (d) who has been previously convicted twice of violating subdivision (a), (b), (c) or (d) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
    Go directly to jail. Do not pass "Go." Do not collect $200.

  6. This section shall not apply to manned hot air balloons, or to balloons used in governmental or scientific research projects.

  7. Electrical corporations shall report to the Public Utilities Commission every other month, from January 1, 1991, until June 30, 1993 on electrical service disruptions caused by balloons constructed of electrically conductive material, including but not limited to, the location of the service disruption, the composition of the balloon, and the extent of the disruption. The commission shall provide a copy of each electrical corporation's bimonthly report to a representative designated by the metallic balloon manufacturers and shall report the following by December 31, 1993, to the legislature:
    Big brother is watching you.

    (Added by stats.1990. c. 1559 (S.B.1990) sec. 1.)

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Rules For Malls, Convention Centers, Larger Hotels

Shop Rules - Keeping Workers Safe

  1. ALL employees are to wear safety glasses while filling balloons.

  2. Use ear plugs when loud blowers are being used.

  3. On site WORK AREAS are to roped off.

  4. Flag monofilament lines and tape all extension cords down.

  5. NO TANK is to be left free standing. ALL must be secured to a cart.

  6. DO NOT MOVE tanks with regulators in place. Use valve cover.

  7. Helium is NOT to be breathed from tanks or balloons.

  8. Any unsafe area should be reported at once.

  9. Any injury should be reported when it occurs. All reports of problems at any location should be written up and put into the insurance file. Even if the event seem minor - Report it and then WRITE IT UP. Report any near miss accidents that involve clients.

  10. Turn off tanks and release pressure before removing regulators.

  11. ALWAYS use the right size ladder. DO NOT over reach.

  12. Keep Floor areas clear of boxes, plastic bags, drop and release netting, hangers, etc.

  13. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND AT ALL TIMES. If ladders are unsafe or if you are afraid or uncomfortable about doing something talk to project crew chief.

  14. DO NOT lift loads with your BACK. Bend knees and USE hand carts. GET HELP. You are one of our most important assets - we care about you and DON'T want YOU to get hurt.

  15. Seat belts must be worn at all times in all vehicles.

  16. If you have an idea that makes our work SAFER, FASTER or MORE FUN, SPEAK UP!

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