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Helium

Helium is great for use with promotional balloons to create stunning, dramatic displays and decorations. Helium is the most commonly used gas to allow balloons to float, being lighter than air, the helium filled balloons rise upwards.

 

Helium is a safe non-flammable, non poisonous gas that can be found underground. Although helium is a safe gas, it should never to intentionally inhaled as it is an asphyxiant.

 

We supply both rental and disposable helium cylinders. For smaller orders, disposable cylinders are the quickest and easiest solution. If you are inflating more than 50 balloons, the most cost effective is to hire a helium cylinder. We supply BOC gas, which is a nationwide helium supplier.

 

Helium Hire Safety Information

 

Balloons are fun - make sure they remain so by following the safety points outlined below.

 

Balloon Gas is a safe non-flammable, non poisonous gas. There is no ecological damage resulting from the use of this product. It can be used safely either inside or outside. YOU SHOULD NEVER DELIBERATELY INHALE BALLOON GAS AS IT IS AN ASPHYXIANT.

 

Inhaling helium can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness and death.

 

Never allow children or any unauthorised person to handle the cylinder or to use balloon filling equipment.

 

If transporting the cylinder by car ensure that the vehicle is well ventilated and the cylinder is well secured.

 

Ensure cylinders are stored in well ventilated areas, away from direct heat

 

Never open the cylinder valve without fitting an inflator and then open the valve slowly. Always wear eye protection - when inflating balloons always point balloon and inflator away from you. Remember to close the cylinder valve after use.

 

Always use a proper trolley for moving large cylinders, even for a short distance.

 

In use, fasten the cylinder in an upright position to a secure support. Cylinders can cause serious injury if they fall over or roll onto you. Never use equipment which may be damaged. Under no circumstances attempt to repair any item of equipment.

 

Do not attempt to lift the cylinder by the guard, the cylinder could fall off and cause injury.

 

Helium Inflators

 

There are a few different types of inflators available to use with helium.  The original Foil filling kit which is generally used with foil balloons, the original latex filling kit (these can be found in blue or black) used with latex balloons and the new Universal inflator (also known as the Conwin inflator) which can be used with either foil or latex balloons.

 

The correct combination of a filling kit and helium valves is crucial in effective helium inflation.  If the wrong filling kit is used with the wrong type of valves it may not be possible to inflate the balloons or cause unnecessary problems and loss of gas.

 

We strongly recommend the Universal inflator as not only can it be used with both latex and foil balloons but with the majority of helium valves on the market, including ours.  The Universal inflator can be used with either BOC cylinders (with a screw fit) or Air Products cylinders (with a push fit).  This inflator is simple and easy to use.

 

When hiring a helium cylinder from us at Talking Balloons we recommend asking for the Universal inflator (with a screw fit as we use BOC cylinders).  We cannot guarantee how successful other filling kits will be with any products purchased. Please note one filling kit will be supplied per order. If you require additional filling kits these must be ordered as extras at the same time.

 

If you require any further information please email us at sales@talkingballoons.com

 

Helium Hire User Guide

 

All our rental cylinders are easy to use.  Just by following our simple step by step instructions you should be able to use the cylinders with ease and safely.  If you require further assistance then please contact us and we will do our best to help and guide you.

 

Float time: Latex balloons should stay afloat for approximately 6-8 hours, Foil balloons should stay afloat for approximately 2-5 days.  Please note these inflation times will vary depending on conditions.

 

We supply 3 sizes of rental cylinders: L, T & V.  Each cylinder has an approximate filling capacity, this varies on the type and size of balloons used, and particularly the user inflating the balloons to the correct size, maintaining a tight seal when inflating the balloons and shutting off the cylinder when not in use.

 

Cylinders are delivered with a separate filling kit (otherwise known as an inflator).  To attach the inflator simply screw it in to the gas outlet as tight as you can by hand.  Please do not attempt to tighten with a spanner or any other tools.  This inflator should be a push-nozzle which can be used with either latex or foil balloons, with or without valves.

 

When you have attached the inflator  to the cylinder you are ready to inflate your balloons.  Turn the knob anti-clockwise to release the balloon gas.  When gas is flowing through to the inflator a click can be heard.  If you hear a 'hissing' noise the inflator will not be fitted correctly and there will probably be a leak.  Turn the knob clockwise to stop the flow.  Release any excess gas in the inflator by pushing the nozzle back towards the cylinder and check the inflator has been fitted correctly.

 

Test the cylinder by pushing the nozzle.  The more you push the nozzle, the faster the gas is released.  We recommend starting off slowly until you feel comfortable with the equipment. 

 

Filling Balloons

 

To inflate a latex balloon without a helium valve:

 

Hold the neck of the balloon firmly around the nozzle and push back towards the cylinder to inflate the balloon.  Release the inflator when the balloon is round and not pear-shaped.  Remove the balloon from the inflator and knot the neck of the balloon.  Remember helium makes balloons float so be careful where you release the balloons, if your ceiling is too high you won't be able to get them back down!

 

Once you have inflated all your balloons, turn the knob clockwise to stop the release of gas.  Before you remove the inflator, release any excess gas by pushing the nozzle back towards the cylinder.  You can now unscrew the inflator. 

 

To inflate a latex balloon with a helium valve:

 

Hold the valve firmly around the inflator and push back towards the cylinder to inflate the balloon.  Release the inflator when the balloon is round and not pear-shaped.  Remove the valve (and balloon) from the inflator.  Pull the ribbon which is pre-attached to the helium valve to it's full length, this will give you something to hold on to.  Remember helium makes balloons float so be careful where you release the balloons, if your ceiling is too high you won't be able to get them back down!

 

Once you have inflated all your balloons, turn the knob clockwise to stop the release of gas.  Before you remove the inflator, release any excess gas by pushing the nozzle back towards the cylinder.  You can now unscrew the inflator.

 

To inflate a foil balloon:

 

Place the neck of the balloon firmly around the nozzle and push back towards the cylinder to inflate the balloon.  Release the inflator when the foil is fully inflated (do not over-inflate).  Remove the balloon from the inflator and seal the neck.  Remember helium makes balloons float so be careful where you release the balloons, if your ceiling is too high you won't be able to get them back down!

 

Once you have inflated all your balloons, turn the knob clockwise to stop the release of gas.  Before you remove the inflator, release any excess gas by pushing the nozzle back towards the cylinder.  You can now unscrew the inflator.

 

Store the cylinder in an  upright position in a safe place, away from children and where it cannot fall over.  Do not store helium near a heat store.

 

Key notes:

 

Maintain a tight seal when inflating a balloon so no gas is lost

 

Ensure the cylinder is in an upright position

 

Remove the inflator when not in use

 

Remember to release any excess gas before removing the inflator

 

Never remove the inflator when the knob is turned to the 'ON' position  

 

Disposable Helium User Guide

 

All our helium cylinders are easy to use.  Just by following our simple step by step instructions you should be able to use the cylinders with ease and safely.  If you do require further assistance then please contact us and we will do our best to help and guide you.

 

Float time: Latex balloons should stay afloat for approximately 6-8 hours, Foil balloons should stay afloat for approximately 2-5 days.  Please note these floatation times will vary depending on conditions.

 

Open the box and remove any contents, such as balloons or ribbon.  Unscrew the black cap to reveal the threaded outlet, then screw the inflator in to the outlet hand tight.  Turn the knob anti-clockwise to release the helium.  Place the neck of the balloon onto the filling nozzle, maintaining a tight seal at all times.  Hold the balloon neck on the nozzle and tilt the nozzle up or down (whichever you find easiest) to release the helium and inflate the balloon.  Release the nozzle back to it's original position to stop the release of helium and remove the balloon from the nozzle, keeping a tight hold of the neck of the balloon so not to lose any helium back out of the balloon.  Tie a knot in the balloon and attach ribbon for decoration and to attach to a balloon weight.  When you have finished inflating all your balloons, turn the knob clockwise to turn the cylinder off.

 

If you do not use all of the helium you can save it for another occasion by simply turning the knob off and storing the cylinder safely and away from children.  Do not store near a heat source.

 

Note: please dispose of your used cylinder safely.

 

We do not recommend using helium valves with disposable helium cylinders.   

 

Helium Shipping

 

Rental helium cylinders are delivered directly from BOC to your mainland UK delivery address, and are therefore despatched separately to any other products purchased from our website. You may choose to have your helium delivered to a separate delivery address than other products.  We would strongly suggest having the helium delivered to the location where you intend to use the cylinder.  Please note your helium delivery address will also be your helium collection address.

 

The carriage charge for helium rental is per location, this includes the delivery and collection (from the same location) of a helium cylinder and filling kit.  If you order more than one cylinder for delivery and collection to the same address and the rental dates are the same, there will only be one charge. One filling kit is supplied per order no matter how many cylinders are ordered. Additional filling kits are available to hire, this should be done at the time of ordering.

 

All helium rental cylinders and packs should be ordered for delivery at least 2 days before the event where the helium is required, failure to do this may result in a delay to your order or your helium being delivered after the required date. If this occurs, Talking Balloons will accept no responsibility and offer no refund.

 

Please note, we can only guarantee mainland UK business addresses for rental helium deliveries, if you state a residential address on your order we cannot guarantee the delivery will be successful.  Where possible we will attempt to book your order in but no guarantees can be made. To help us, please ensure the address is located either on a main road or with wide access to the property to enable a large vehicle (the size of a bus) to get through. Talking Balloons will take no responsibility for failed deliveries and offer no refund.

 

Helium Rental Terms & Conditions 

 

The price for standard helium rental is for 4 weeks for the cylinder and inflator if rented on the last day of each calendar month. If you rent a cylinder part way through the month you will have the remainder of that month until the advised date, for any extra days required thereafter will incur additional rental charges.

 

Rental Charges

 

These are incurred for every 4 weeks after the initial period, per helium cylinder and per inflator.

 

Additional rental charges will be applied to your order if your delivery and collection dates are more than the initial period.  Any charges you incur after your order is placed, including but not limited to, rental charges, damages, losses and deliveries will be notified and we reserve the right to charge your card for the payment/s.

 

Once helium cylinders and inflators have been delivered they become your responsibility.  Any losses or damages to helium cylinders or inflators will be charged above cost to replace.  If you choose to move the helium cylinder and inflator to a different location it is your responsibility to ensure they are moved safely and are back at the place and position where they were delivered by our helium courier for collection.  Any alterations to this will incur charges.

 

Each BOC cylinder is labelled with a Barcode on the collar, this barcode is scanned on the delivery and collection and then logged on to your account. It is essential that the same cylinder is returned to BOC. Failure to do this will result in the cylinder/s and filling kit/s remaining on your account and rental charges made until the initial cylinder is returned.