Using disposable helium cylinders at home is much cheaper and easier than most people imagine. Helium gas is lighter than air, non–toxic and non-flammable, however it is important to take the appropriate care to ensure you use the cylinders in the correct and safe manner. As the helium is contained in a pressurised cylinder it is classed as a hazardous item, however by taking the correct precautions it is both easy and safe to use in the home.
Here is our guide to using our helium cylinders safely and efficiently!
First things first, here are some important safety tips that you MUST follow:
- Always store below 50°C.
- Do NOT store in direct sun, or apply heat or flame.
- Do NOT inhale helium.
- Handle with care, and do not drop or subject cylinder to rough handling.
- Never drag a cylinder along the ground.
- Keep out of reach of children at all times.
- Please check and read the full safety guidelines included with each canister before use.
- To see the full safety data sheet, please click here.
Before we get into the specifics of how to use our helium cylinders, we have compiled some useful information that will help you get the best results from your cylinder:
- We advise that you fill your balloons 1-2 hours prior to your event.
- Correctly filled latex balloons will stay inflated for around 6-8 hours, whilst you can expect foil balloons to stay inflated for a few days – a common mistake is to fill latex balloons the night before, only to wake up to deflated balloons the next day.
- When there is no alternative but to inflate the balloons further in advance, we recommend using Ultra Hi-Float, which helps keep the helium in the balloon for longer. You can find further information on Ultra Hi Float here.
- When you receive your helium cylinder, you may be alarmed at how light it is! This is completely normal – please remember that helium is a gas that is lighter than air, thus the weight of the cylinder is really light.
Using The Cylinder
Using our cylinders to fill your balloons is a simple process:
- Turn the green handle anti-clockwise to open valve.
- Slip balloon neck onto black nozzle until neck fits tightly.
- Hold balloon neck firmly between thumb and forefinger at the widest part of the nozzle, ensuring a snug fit between to stop helium from escaping.
- Press nozzle down gently to slowly inflate the balloon.
- Fill balloon to desired size. DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR BALLOONS! If supplied, we advise using the balloon size guide to inflate your balloons with the correct amount of helium. Some Canisters provide a 9″ balloon sizer on or inside the box. If you don’t have a sizer, just measure the distance between two chairs and fill the balloon until it touches each side.
- Balloons should be inflated to their correct shape – over-inflating will cause the balloon to become misshaped and wastes helium.
- Release thumb pressure on nozzle to stop inflation.
- After inflating latex balloons, pinch balloon tightly at base of balloon neck and remove from nozzle. For foil balloons, simply remove from nozzle after inflation, as foil balloons are self-sealing.
- To ensure maximum float time, tie a tight knot in the neck of the latex balloon. Foil balloons do not require a knot.
- Attach ribbon of desired length below the knot on latex balloons or the lower neck area of foil balloons.
- Remember that once you have finished using the cylinder, turn the green handle back clockwise to close the valve, and place back upright in the box, storing it away from children.
Disposal & Recycling Of Your Cylinder
A common question asked by our customers is ‘how do I dispose of the cylinder after use?’. Our disposable helium cylinders are recyclable, however you shouldn’t put them with your normal waste. Please find further information below on how to safely dispose of your helium cylinder:
- Do not dispose of the cylinder with your normal household waste or recycling.
- Ensure the cylinder is completely empty by taking it outside and releasing the remaining helium. This will remove any residual pressure left in the tank and deem it safe for recycling.
- Leaving the valve open, pierce the cylinder bursting disc. This is a depressed circle located on the cylinder shoulder.
- The cylinder can now be safely recycled at your local Recycling Centre.
If you have any further questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via phone on 01908 261 280, or via email at sales [at] partyrama.co.uk.