Parents often buy balloons for their kids, if not; they give the balloons handed to them at parties, to their kids- and who wouldn’t? Balloons are good fun for kids after all. However, though unknown to a large number of the populous, certain balloons can be harmful.
One family had to find out the hard way that hydrogen-filled balloons can be harmful, after their toddler suffered from first degree burns on his feet when a hydrogen balloon burst into flames at his fingertips.
The family’s living room surveillance system filmed the entire incident, where the toddler was meddling around and playing with a hydrogen-filled decorative balloon in the living room while watching television when he accidentally stepped on the balloon, popping it, creating a small fireball that scarred him. The toddler then ran in tears and shock to the family’s nanny.
It is unknown why the hydrogen balloon went up in flames, but many speculate that the hydrogen in the balloon combusted into flames after it was ignited by the static waves that was being emitted from the television that was not too far away from the balloon and the toddler.
Following the incident, the toddler suffered first-degree burns on his feet and legs, and has received medical attention for his wounds.
Now, while most balloons are filled with helium, some decorative balloons normally found in gift shops and layered in foil, are filled with hydrogen. These foil-layered balloons are heavier and can’t float if just filled with helium, which is an eighth of the density of air. The foil-layered balloons have to be filled with hydrogen, which is lighter than helium, and is a sixteenth the density of air, in order to float.
However, that extra lift from the hydrogen gas has a catch to it- it’s extremely explosive. Hydrogen balloons are notorious for catching on fire, and blowing up in the faces of children.
It goes without saying that the next time you want to give a child a balloon, make sure that it is helium filled, not hydrogen filled. After all, you wouldn’t want to see your own child get hurt. – The Inscriber