Q: What is Helium?
A: Helium (chemical symbol HE, C.A.S. # 7440-59-7) is a non-toxic, odorless, colorless, tasteless, nonflammable gas that is lighter than air. Balloons filled with helium are a fun addition to your party! More information about helium is found here.
Q: Is Helium safe to use?
A: Yes, helium is generally safe to use. However, we say it is generally safe to use because helium can cause injury or death if not used properly. Always read and follow all the instructions to create the safest environment. Safety issues and warnings associated with helium can be found here.
Q: Is the Helium Balloon Tank safe for children to use?
A: Fun with helium-filled balloons is for everyone, but no, our helium tanks are not safe for children to use. Our tanks are not designed or intended for use by children. The steel tanks are heavy, and have other mechanical components (such as nozzles and valves) that require the ability to understand and follow specific operating instructions. Our helium balloon tanks are intended to be operated by a responsible adult. Children under the age of 14 are not to use our helium tanks without DIRECT adult supervision. Safety issues and warnings associated with UNIQUE™ Helium Balloon Tanks, and balloons in general, can be found here.
Q: Does Helium expire or "go bad"?
A: No, helium does not expire or "go bad", nor does helium degrade. As long as the valve on the helium tank achieves an airtight seal, the helium in the tank will not escape. But once helium is placed inside a balloon, helium molecules will escape. Please see the anticipated float time for balloons, found here, and get the party started!
Q: Can I inflate other items besides balloons?
A: The UNIQUE™ Helium Balloon Tank is intended for inflating one thing: balloons designed to be filled with helium. We know it may be tempting, but please do not attempt to inflate other items, or attempt to use the tank in any other unintended manner. Safety issues and warnings associated with the helium tank, and balloons in general, can be found here.
Q: Can I refill the Helium Balloon Tank?
A: Absolutely not. UNIQUE™'s Helium Balloon Tanks are designed to be filled one time - by us. They are not designed to be refilled with helium, or any other material. Don't ruin the fun! Attempting to refill the tank is dangerous. The dangers associated with refilling the tank are found in the safety issues and warnings associated with our helium tank. By the way, refilling a tank and transporting it without properly labeling it is a violation of Federal U.S. and European law.
Q: Is the Helium Balloon Tank safe to transport in the car?
A: That is a really good question. Our Helium Balloon Tank contains Helium; a non-flammable, non-toxic, compressed gas that is generally safe to transport in a car. We say it is generally safe to transport in a car because safety issues could arise if the tanks are not handled properly. Helium tanks may be transported via ground transportation, but are not permitted to be transported by air. Although our helium tanks are solidly made, they are not indestructible. Rough or careless treatment could damage the tank, the valve, or the nozzle, and cause the tank not to operate properly.
Helium is an asphyxiant gas. That means it could cause unconsciousness or death by suffocation; so rough treatment could cause the helium to be released in the confined space of your vehicle. Helium tanks contain compressed gas, so rough treatment could cause the tank to burst. Additionally, the tank is metal and could roll around in your vehicle, causing damage to the tank and your vehicle. If you intend to transport the tank, we recommend that a window is opened slightly to allow the excape of helium, in the (however unlikely) event that a leak does occur. We also recommend that you only transport it in the consumer-labeled box, and only after you secure the box to prevent it from moving inside the vehicle. While you may transport a helium tank via ground transportation, do not store it in your vehicle for an extended period of time. Safety issues and warnings associated with this are found here.
Q: Where is it safe to store the Helium Balloon Tank?
A: Helium tanks should be stored in an indoor, well-ventilated, secure area. The tanks should not be stored in areas that are unprotected from the weather. Exposure to wet or damp areas could result in rusting, weakening the metal which could cause the tank to burst. The tank should be stored upright, to prevent damage to the nozzle or valve. The temperature of the storage area should not exceed 120˚F (49˚C). The storage area should not have any materials in it that are combustible.
Do not store the helium tank where:
salt or other corrosive materials are present
in your vehicle for any extended period of time
in high-traffic areas or emergency exits, where the tank could be tripped over or knocked down, resulting in damage to the tank or release of the helium...not to mention a potential broken toe.
Q: Can I inhale Helium?
A: Please do not inhale helium. Helium is an asphyxiant gas. It may cause suffocation by displacing the oxygen in air. Lack of sufficient oxygen can cause serious injury or death. While it may seem funny, the practice of intentionally inhaling helium for a voice-altering effect is extremely dangerous and may result in serious injury or death...and that is not funny.
Q: How many balloons can I inflate?
A: UNIQUE™'s Helium Balloon Tank is available in two sizes.
Item# 89998 Helium Balloon Tank
Inflates approximately up to 30 helium quality latex balloons to a 9" diameter, or 14 18" foil balloons.
Item# 89999 Helium Balloon Tank
Inflates approximately up to 50 helium quality latex balloons to a 9" diameter, or 22 18" foil balloons.
Feel free to be creative and inflate latex balloons to a variety of sizes, but please do not exceed the recommended maximum of 11 inches.
Q: How long do balloons stay afloat?
A: Balloon float times vary on size and number of balloons inflated. Please refer to our Float Time chart for approximate balloon float times.
Q: How will I know if I've been exposed to too much Helium?
A: Over-exposure to helium, or any environment that is oxygen-deficient, may cause dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, excess salivation, diminished mental alertness, loss of consciousness, and death. This is why we recommend using this product in a well-ventilated area. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately move to fresh air. If as a result of over-exposure to helium a person is not breathing, administer artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, administer oxygen, and obtain prompt medical attention.
Q: Can Helium catch fire?
A: No, helium is nonflammable. It does not support combustion.
Q: How do I handle the Helium Balloon Tank?
A: Please use the handles! Do not handle the tank in a rough or careless manner. This means do not drag, roll, slide or toss the helium tank. Secure the helium tank when in use, and place it on a flat, stable surface. Do not overheat the tank. Do not drop the tank on sharp or pointed objects. If you experience any difficulty operating the tank valve, discontinue use. Never insert an object into valve openings, as damage to the valve may occur, causing inoperability or leaks.
Q: How do I recycle or otherwise dispose of the helium tank?
A: Please see this link.