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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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 >>
Authorities say a person has been wounded in a shooting at a highway rest stop that involved Alabama law officers. Alabama's State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that the gunfire happened early Saturday...More >>
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 >>
Legislation affecting college campuses, taxes and Georgia's fledgling medical marijuana program await action as lawmakers enter the session's final two days. The Senate has yet to schedule a vote on a bill...More >>