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Helium gas cylinders contain compressed helium gas and much the same as any other cylinders, helium cylinders should be handled properly to avoid any mishaps. Helium cylinders can safely be transported in a car or other forms of ground transportation; however, they are not permitted to be transported by air.

Helium is an asphyxiant gas which means that inhaling it can cause unconsciousness due to suffocation. If in a confined space helium is released by chance, it could prove very dangerous. Hence if you intend to transport a helium balloon cylinder, it is recommended that a window is left slightly open to allow helium to escape in the unlikely event that a leak does occur. You should avoid storing a helium cylinder in your vehicle for an extended period of time.

Helium cylinders should always be stored in a ventilated area, preferably a secure indoor area. It should not be stored in spaces that do not have protection from the weather. Prolonged storage in a wet or damp area could lead to rusting or weakening of the metal which may cause the helium cylinder to burst.

Like any other cylinders, helium cylinders should be stored upright, to prevent damage to the nozzle or valve and the temperature where these are stored should not exceed 49?C. It should not be stored in an area where it could be tripped over or knocked down, and the area should be free of any combustible materials.. If you take care and follow these safety measures when it comes to helium cylinders, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Helium Cylinders: Safety and Storage