Helium is one of the lightest gases. It weighs seven times less than air. It is extracted from natural gas.


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Helium is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and in addition to its gaseous form it has learned to produce liquid and even solid forms.

Helium's impact on human health

There is a fairly widespread belief that helium, an inert gas, is dangerous to human health. This belief is completely wrong.

Helium is considered an inert gas that does not interact with any substances, is not combustible and certainly does not cause poisoning.

Helium is incapable of ignition. If a match, a smoldering cigarette or any other object touches the helium balloon it will certainly burst. A similar situation will occur when the balloon and a red-hot light bulb come into contact. However, in this way only the shell of the latex balloon is destroyed - you will definitely not see the flame and explosion.

According to the standards of European countries, latex balloons can be inflated with helium and plain air.

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Is there any danger in breathing helium out of a balloon?

No, helium is perfectly safe for humans. Moreover, some scuba divers add helium to their breathing mix before diving to great depths as it cannot fully dissolve in human blood.

If several helium balloons burst indoors, could a person suffocate?

Helium is a harmless substance and does not cause allergic reactions. Helium, amongst other things, will instantly escape upwards and very soon leave the room, seeping through the pores of the ceiling because of its high permeability. It also does no harm to want to breathe helium from balloons (it is known to change your voice). The main thing is not to overdo it, otherwise you may get dizzy.

How safe are helium balloons for small children?

Based on the standards, there is a restriction on the use of toys by children under the age of 3 years. And it's not just about balloons, but all toys in general. The problem is not in the material, but in the very details of toys that kids are so eager to try and taste. There is a high probability that a child will put a toy in his mouth, having previously dropped it on the "non-sterile surface".

Any materials used in the production and pumping of latex balls are not harmful to human health.