Have you ever been to a party and inhaled helium in an attempt to sound like Donald Duck? If so, you have probably put your life at risk!
Evidence has proven that the inhalation of helium can be fatal, yet thousands of party goers continue to inhale helium thinking it to be incredibly 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!
Doctors around Australia are concerned about the health risk associated with people inhaling helium. Health professionals strongly urge consumers to know the risks associated with helium inhalation and to always supervise children around helium use.
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
If the victim inhales the gas move them to fresh air. Apply artificial resuscitation if necessary. Treat for shock if required. • Call for emergency medical treatment, 000.
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