Skip the Balloons This Valentine’s Day – Johnson Center “No Balloon” Policy

Heart-shaped balloons are a nice way to show your Valentine you care, but please keep these out of the Johnson Center this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here, spring is on its way, and love and celebrations abound. It’s the perfect time of year for gift-giving, but there’s something to keep in mind. If you’re planning on giving your sweetheart their Valentine’s gift in the Johnson Center, by all means bring the flowers – but make sure you skip the helium balloons.

Balloons are not permitted in the Johnson Center

Why not? No, Student Centers staff aren’t buzzkills. Helium balloons have the potential to set off the JC fire alarm system.

Zachary Pope, Director of University Life Safety and Emergency Management for the Environmental Health and Safety Office, explains, “The Johnson Center has a ban on balloons because there are fire protection detectors that emit a ‘beam’ from one detector to another to create a network. Their purpose is to detect smoke by interrupting the beam.” Read More …