September is International Balloon Month

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#LiftUpSomebody with balloons but always use a weight and never release them


Sharing smiles and Smart Balloon Practices are the focus of this year’s #LiftUpSomebody campaign which is part of the International Balloon Month celebration.

The #LiftUpSomebody campaign inspires people around the world to “thank” someone special in their community by giving them balloons, and then share those moments of joy on social media. The campaign also encourages people to promote and follow the motto: “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

“Giving balloons to important people in our community such as firefighters, care givers and teachers, helps spread goodwill and demonstrates the positive power of balloons. This also provides a great opportunity to increase awareness of the proper ways to use and handle balloons, so they don’t wind up in places where they don’t belong,” said Lorna O’Hara, Executive Director of The Balloon Council which sponsors the #LiftUpSomebody campaign.

“Simple practices such as always weighting balloons, popping and disposing of them after the celebration, never inhaling helium, making sure children are always supervised when playing with balloons, and most importantly never releasing balloons, are just some of the tips we are encouraging people to share,” explained O’Hara.

The Balloon Council recently announced a revised stance on balloon releases to emphasize the fact that balloons should not be released. “Over the years, as the social and political climates have changed, our position has also evolved. This change in stance fully recognizes the need for everyone to be as ‘green’ as we possibly can be to protect our planet,” said Dan Flynn, Chairman of The Balloon Council. “Our new motto is “Don’t let go: Inflate. Weight. Enjoy.”

Photos using #LiftUpSomebody that are shared on Facebook and Instagram (@balloonsliftup) will automatically be entered into the photo contest. Winners will be featured on and announced at the FLOAT 2019 convention.

Schools and community youth groups are encouraged to take the “Faraday Pledge Card Challenge” and compete to see which organization fills out the most pledge cards. The pledge is part the national “Meet Faraday: Smart Balloon Practices” campaign that is travelling around the U.S. to educate communities about smart balloon practices.

The Balloon Council is a non-profit organization made up of responsible retailers, distributors, and manufacturers dedicated to educating others about the wonders of balloons and the proper handling of them.

Ski lift safety, not selfie, says Technical Safety BC

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With the pre-season powder drawing crowds to the mountains, Technical Safety BC is reminding skiers and boarders to put down the selfie stick and stay safe on ski lifts this winter. Every year, rider conduct is the biggest source of lift-related injury in BC, with 60% of incidents stemming from unruly behaviour, distracting activity, and failure to follow safety signage.

“When loading and unloading from any type of ski lift, passengers should put their mobile phones away and pay attention to lift operators’ instructions and surroundings,” says David Looney, Senior Safety Officer at Technical Safety BC.

Skiers and snowboarders can keep their ski lift riding experience safe by:

  • Reading instructional signs and following the safety directions provided before riding any ski lift.
  • Not bouncing, turning around, reaching out or trying to make equipment adjustments while riding chairlifts.
  • Keeping the restraining bar down until instructed to lift it by instructional signage or chairlift operators.
  • Staying in the track on all surface chairlifts such as T-bars and rope tows.
  • Loading children next to the chairlift attendant.
  • Standing in the center of the belt and looking uphill when riding a passenger conveyor.
  • Following all the special riding requirements when using a tubing lift

“During the last year, the number of incidents that have occurred on passenger conveyors has increased. Even though passenger conveyors move slower than ropeways and seem simple to ride, they are still large, powerful machines. All skiers and boarders need to pay attention when loading, riding and unloading to ensure you have a safe day on the slopes,” says David.

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About Technical Safety BC

Technical Safety BC, formerly BC Safety Authority, is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in BC, including passenger ropeways such as ski lifts, gondolas, tramways, rope tows and passenger conveyors.

Technical Safety BC is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.