Balloon Faqs

At the risk of being the fun police here’s the not so fun stuff about helium balloons.

How long do helium balloons last?

Our standard size helium filled latex or rubber balloons float for approximately 12-18 hours. Both temperature and movement will affect the amount of time your balloons float for. They like to be kept comfortable, not too hot or cold and not be buffeted around excessively. For an additional cost we can treat the balloons with Ultra HIFLOAT to extend the float time for up to several days.

Foil or Mylar balloons last a week or so, they just get less firm as the time goes by.

Is it ok to release helium balloons?

NO you run the risk of the balloons ending up in our oceans, waterways or elsewhere as litter.
There are restrictions in place. Fines apply if 20 or more balloons are released at or about the same time (whether by one or more than one person).
You will find further details here

Can we fill balloons purchased elsewhere with helium?

Sorry, not at the moment. As at June 30 2022 due to supply issues we have had to make the decision not to use the limited amount of helium that we have to fill balloons purchased from elsewhere. Please take a look through the range of balloons that we stock in store.

Is it safe to breath in helium to make funny voices?

NO. People have died from breathing in helium.

Yes we know you have probably seen other people doing it in the past, even on TV or in the movies, but it is not safe to do so. There is plenty of information out there, you may like to Google ‘Helium Inhalation’.

Do we rent helium tanks?

Sorry but as at June 30 2022 due to supply issues we do not have tanks available to hire.

What about disposable tanks?

Sorry, we don’t stock disposable helium tanks. You may find them in Big W or Spotlight. If you are thinking about purchasing a disposable tank from elsewhere make sure you read the fine print on the box for the volume of helium in the tank. Disposable tanks for 50 balloons only blow up 50 small balloons.

Facts, Safety, Transport & Storage of Helium

Helium is a non-flammable, odourless, inert gas that will not burn. Because helium is lighter than air, it gives floating balloons their lift. Helium cylinders should always be kept secured even if transporting, if a tank is punctured or knocked over, the gas can escape with such force that the tank can be propelled at a very high speed.

Still have questions about helium?

See our helium suppliers information sheet here.

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