Q: What is helium?
A: It is an odourless, non-flammable gas that is lighter than air. Since it is lighter than air, it enables objects to float.
Q: Are helium tanks safe to use?
A: Yes, they are safe. Helium tanks cannot explode. The reason is because the cylinders are equipped with an approved burst disc. It is located on the top of the tank next to the handles. In case of any unforeseen circumstances, such as a fire, the cylinder will release gas in a controlled manner and will not explode. Therefore, a helium tank can be used and stored at home.
Q: Can I transport a helium tank?
A: You can transport helium without any problem as long as you are not transporting too many tanks. Large quantities must be transported using ADR transport. BalloonGaz helium tanks are categorised as hazardous materials class 2.2, group A (Asphyxiate gas, choking)
The so-called 1000-point rule can be used for transporting these materials.
There is a limited exemption for the tanks you can transport. Class 2, group A materials can be transported using the 1000 points rule without having to comply with any additional ADR transport requirements. The 1000 points rule refers to the water content in the tank in litres. Example: the content of a 30-balloon tank is 7 litres. This is equal to 7 points. Therefore, you can transport up to 142 tanks without ADR transport. The content of a 50-balloon tank is 13 litres, which means you can transport up to 77 tanks without ADR transport.
Q: How long can I keep helium?
A: You can store helium for 6 months after opening the tank the first time.
Q: Is it dangerous to breathe in helium?
A: Yes it is! So, don’t do it! People often inhale helium to have a high-pitched voice. However, inhaling helium may lead to an oxygen deficiency in the brain, which can cause damage. Therefore, you should never breathe in helium.
Q: How long will the balloons stay afloat in the air?
A: Refer to the table for the average float times. Various factors can affect the float time, such as balloons that have not been filled to capacity. Balloons will also stay in the air longer in lower temperatures and humidity.
Q: Where can I turn in my empty tank?
A: If possible, take the tank to a recycling centre or follow the instructions prescribed by your local law for disposing of the tank. The tank is made of steel and is 100% recyclable. What’s more, steel is the easiest material to recycle. During waste processing, steel is separated from other waste by a large magnet and is then recycled. Download the PDF for more information.