New EU Rule: Kids Can't Blow Up Balloons
One sociologist calls it hot air
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2011 4:27 AM CDT
Not to be blown up by children, under new eurozone safety rules.   (?gesika22)

(Newser) – Blowing up balloons is now a bust for kids in the European Union. The popular activity is too dangerous for children under the age of 8 to do unsupervised because they may swallow and choke on the balloons, according to a new toy safety directive for the entire eurozone. Also banned? Blowing noise-makers (too dangerous for kids under 14) and playing magnetic fishing games (small, chokable parts).

"Toys and activities, such as blowing up balloons, are part and parcel of children's play that helps them become independent and self-reliant," one sociologist complained to the Telegraph. "These bans diminish the experience, both of having fun and learning, by turning play into a danger zone with rules that stifle life and adventure for children."

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Oct 12, 2011 9:03 AM CDT
What i find even more scary,is that this kind of crap has stopped surprising me
Oct 12, 2011 7:41 AM CDT
That's what happens when you get 'free health care'. Government is free to impose a bunch of idiotic rules to try to decrease costs/visits. They better ban underage soccer, too, those balls can knock you in the head pretty hard.
Oct 12, 2011 2:39 AM CDT
I hope that doesn't happen when we relinquish sovereignty to the North American Union.