Why inhaling balloon gas is no laughing matter
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Why inhaling balloon gas is no laughing matter

We have all seen it at some time or another, some of us may even have done it ourselves, but inhaling balloon gas can be very dangerous and in some cases even fatal. Inhaling balloon gas for amusement is simply not worth the risk. Here are some of the reasons why:

1

The helium in balloon gas acts as an asphyxiant and when you inhale, it displaces the oxygen in your lungs

2

After inhaling helium, the body's oxygen supply can plummet to a hazardous level in a matter of seconds

3

The misuse of balloon gas can cause dizziness, unconsciousness and death

4

Inhaling balloon gas too deeply can cause an embolism – that's a blockage of the bloodstream - or even rupture the lungs


INHALING BALLOON GAS IS DANGEROUS

Causing considerable concern for the industrial gas industry is the popular notion that inhaling balloon gas is a fun and harmless party trick, which for the reasons outlined is clearly not the case.

This dangerous practice is sometimes even perpetuated by high profile celebrities and media personalities for entertainment value, which the gas industry regards as highly irresponsible.


Don't be a sucker.

The best advice is to be gas wise and avoid this type of behaviour as it is not worth risking your life for the sake of a joke.

Here are some things to remember about enjoying balloon gas the right way:

  • Ensure balloon and other gases are only used for their intended purposes
  • Balloon gas is safe in balloons and when you release it in a well-ventilated area and in a safe manner
  • Always follow the safety warnings

The Dangers of Inhaling Balloon Gas


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