Helium Tank & Propane Safety Tips

Did you know that helium is one of the most bountiful elements on planet Earth with countless every day beyond just filling up balloons? Propane, helium’s gassy cousin, is also a common household need especially if you like grilling steaks, staying warm on cold nights, or powering vehicles with one of the most environmentally-friendly fuels known to man. When dealing with propane or helium tank, especially for helium or propane refills in Denver, consider these safety tips when dealing with these relatively friendly gasses.   

Do not inhale from a helium tank

Although it may be fun and really tempting to inhale helium for the few short minutes of cartoon character-pitch when you open your mouth to speak, you should refrain. Although helium is relatively harmless and isn’t considered toxic, it can still cause dizziness and even loss of consciousness in addition to nausea, vomiting, and suffocation. Propane can be dangerous too and if you’re having your propane refilled or suspect a leaking tank, you should never inhale the gas which can displace oxygen in your lungs and make breathing exceedingly difficult.  

Do not refill

You should never attempt to refill a gas tank on your own. Common propane tanks sold at corner gas stations, household stores and grocery stores aren’t designed to be refilled which is why you swap them out for a full tank when the time comes. When dealing with a helium tank, if too much helium escapes the near-empty tank, it could result in some of the side effects covered above. For these reasons and many more, it’s best to leave tank refilling to the pros.  

Do not expose to fire or heat

If propane mixes with oxygen it becomes flammable, explosive and dangerous. Helium is exactly the same. Itself is an inert gas, but if it mixes with oxygen, it can erupt in flames. That’s why it’s important to keep propane and helium tanks safe and away from an open flame.  

Do not drop or puncture the helium tank

If you have a helium or propane tank, you should take great care to keep the tank in good shape and safe from the threat of puncture. Propane and helium both can cause physical side effects if overexposure happens. In addition, if the tank is damaged, it won’t be able to be used again in the future.