LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - A LaGrange-based health system is banning helium-filled balloons from its facilities after problems with loose balloons setting off fire alarms, causing stress for hospital patients.
West Georgia Health spokeswoman Jan Nichols says the ban is part of a nationwide trend of hospitals banning the balloons.
Nichols tells the LaGrange Daily News that helium balloons present a danger when they are released and float to high levels in the building, repeatedly triggering smoke alarms.
Officials say helium balloons will no longer be available for purchase in the West Georgia Health gift shop, and the health system is requesting that vendors discontinue helium balloon deliveries.
The ban applies only to helium-filled balloons, and visitors may still bring air-filled balloons into facilities.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Thursday, June 8 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:44:50 GMT
A man wanted on charges in a kidnapping and shooting in Alabama is under arrest in New Jersey after a traffic stop. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say an officer pulled over 23-year-old Birmingham...More >>
Conservative Alabama has elected a Democrat who supports abortion rights. Some may think Doug Jones' upset win over Roy Moore is a one-off against a Republican accused of molesting teen girls. But exit polls showed...More >>
Thursday, June 8 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:45:08 GMT
Authorities say a Georgia police officer responded to the wrong house and shot and injured the homeowner. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that Henry County police asked the agency to...More >>
A group of state lawmakers have approved sweeping proposals aimed at encouraging people and businesses to move to rural Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the group recently voted to support income tax...More >>