OCEAN CITY — The city Environmental Commission is addressing the dangers of helium balloons released into the air with a new informational campaign.
Earlier this week, the city began sharing a balloon-release fact sheet through traditional and social media, its website and at city welcome centers telling visitors and residents: “Don’t Let Go!”
Environmental Commission Chairman Marty Mozzo said released balloons become a threat to wildlife that may ingest them or become tangled in their strings.
“What goes up (has) got to come down. Unfortunately, it could and does do a lot of damage to our environment,” Mozzo said.
The fact sheet lists ways to enjoy balloons that won’t harm wildlife: filling balloons with air rather than helium, using natural rubber latex balloons instead of mylar and using balloons indoors.