Interesting facts!
* The rubber balloon was invented by Michael Faraday in 1824; it was inflated with hydrogen and used in his experiments with that element. [1] Rubber balloons were soon after sold for a penny a piece in parks and circuses in America. The more familiar latex balloons of today were first manufactured in London, 1847, by J. G. Ingram, [2] but mass production did not occur until the 1930s. According to the Reader's Digest, children and adults send up a billion balloons each year in celebration.
* Pioneer manufactures nearly one billion Qualatex latex balloons per year.
* For more than 80 years, Qualatex balloons have celebrated big events worldwide — from American political conventions to Korean television specials.
* The life of all balloons depends on their atmosphere and the care they are given by the recipient. ABC Balloon Decorating uses Qualatex (TM) latex balloons; it is the premium latex balloon in the industry. Latex balloons prefer a cool room and they don't like anything sharp including rough ceilings, pet claws, teeth, grass, sun, sand, wind, thorns, and powerful magnets!
* Qualatex latex balloons are made from 100% natural latex — not plastic. Latex balloons are biodegradable and decompose as fast as an oak leaf in your backyard!
* Latex balloons come from rubber trees. Latex is collected by cutting the tree’s bark, then catching the latex in a cup.
* Latex harvesting does not hurt the tree! (I love this fact!)
* Latex balloons are earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!

Balloon Council
A look at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records from 1973 to 1998 shows that the number of annual small child choking deaths caused by balloons reached a high of 17 in 1989, but by 1998, the number was 4.