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How to get helium tanks filled

Updated February 21, 2017

Refilling a helium tank is simply a matter of locating a gas company and taking the tank to the facility for a charge.

Check the telephone directory yellow pages for industrial or commercial gas distributors, especially cylinder or bulk retailers.

Contact party-supply retailers online or find them in the telephone directory. Most party-supply retailers rent or sell helium tanks and can refill them.

Call a medical-supply company that specialises in oxygen tanks. Many carry other types of pressurised gas, including helium.

Ask a florist if the shop stocks helium. Many florists deliver helium-filled balloons to accompany floral arrangements and get-well gifts, and so they keep helium on hand.

Contact a special-events catering company. Many carry helium tanks for parties.

Buy a pre-filled helium tank at a large retail store if all efforts to locate a helium distributor are unsuccessful. Most big-box chain stores sell disposable helium tanks with a supply of balloons for children's parties.

Tip

Do not allow children to handle a helium tank or to fill balloons from it.

Warning

Helium comes in a pressurised tank that can explode or rapidly discharge gas if overheated or handled improperly. Helium gas is a powerful asphyxiant and can quickly cut off oxygen to the brain if inhaled, causing unconsciousness and potentially death.

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About the Author

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.