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Helium Cylinders & Helium Kits

Under normal room temperature conditions, helium gas in latex balloons will last up to 8 - 10 hours before the balloons start to deflate.  Therefore, the inflation of helium into latex balloons has to be on the day of the function.  Cold and hot temperatures can diminish the flying time of balloons.  Helium gas must never be inhaled. A late fee applies if cylinder not returned by due date.
Always contact us regarding availability of items required as they may be temporarily out of stock

Helium Inhalation is no

Laughing Matter

If you’ve ever been to a party and inhaled helium so that you sound like Donald Duck, you could be putting your life at risk. Evidence has proven that the inhalation of helium can be fatal, yet thousands of party goers inhale helium thinking it is very funny rather than life threatening. The inhalation of helium cuts off a person’s supply of oxygen and can cause dizziness, unconsciousness and ultimately death! According to Consultant Occupational Health Physician Dr Greg McGroder, “Australians have not yet realised the extreme danger associated with helium inhalation.

 

If the concentration of oxygen is decreased below 18% within the human body, symptoms and signs of Asphyxia can occur. Helium gas can totally displace the available oxygen and if this is maintained for even a few seconds, asphyxia and death can and will occur.” In 1989 a fifteen year old girl from Texas died from helium inhalation at a party. Recently a Victorian woman had a near death experience when she appeared to freeze and turn blue after inhaling the entire contents of a balloon. Luckily she regained consciousness after a few minutes and after a thorough medical examination appeared to be fine, however any long term effects are yet to be determined.

 

Safety

• Keep cylinders upright and protect the valves from physical damage. Secure cylinders when standing.

• If valve is damaged, do not attempt to operate.

• If valve does not operate by hand, return the cylinder to the supplier

• Use safety glasses and gloves when inflating balloons.

 

First Aid

• If the victim inhaled the gas remove them to fresh air. Apply artificial resuscitation if necessary. Treat for shock if required.

• Call for emergency medical treatment, 000.

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