Gas leak at cake shop

Gas leak at cake shop

Fire crew called to Davenham to deal with a leaking helium gas cylinder.

The fire engines in London Road.

Firefighters investigate the helium gas canister.

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A CAKE shop was evacuated and firefighters called in after a gas canister went out of control in Davenham.

Mother and daughter team Fiona and Sara Goulden were preparing a cake and balloons for a wedding when the helium gas canister they were using at Supa Dupa Cakes started dispersing helium uncontrollably.

"The beauty salon next door thought it was a ruptured water main," said Fiona.

"I can't explain how loud the noise was.

"It was this rushing sound, like water, it was so scary.

"I had my back to Sarah when she was doing the balloons and to me it just sounded like it was going to explode.

"I just said 'get out' because I didn't want to risk anyone whatsoever so we ran down the stairs as quickly as possible, out of the shop and got the neighbours out and got everyone across the road."

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was called out and sent two fire engines to the shop, in London Road.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus took the canister out of the premises, opening doors and windows to ventilate the rooms.

Fiona said: "We don't know quite what happened, we can't say it was a faulty valve or tank, it was just one of those things.

"One of the firemen said we did absolutely the right thing getting everyone out because helium is an asphyxiator when in the quantities that that was.

"He said people take in small amounts to make them speak in a high voice but in the amount that was it's extremely dangerous."

Fiona and Sarah were not allowed back in the shop for about an hour after the incident, which happened at 3.40pm on August 21.

Staff at the Flower Emporium, in London Road, came to the aid of Supa Dupa Cakes, letting them fill the remaining three balloons for the wedding.

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4:04pm Wed 27 Aug 14

helenlb says...

Small amounts of Helium are also dangerous the practice of breathing the gas to make a 'squeaky' voice is very dangerous and has led to deaths.
For more information read
BCGA leaflet L7 which includes:
Helium is a very light and inert, non-toxic gas, but if it displaces oxygen it can be fatal. The ‘fun’ to be found in the squeaky voice helium trick is far from funny when people, often youngsters, die trying this. It does not take many breaths of helium to fall unconscious and die in this way.
Youngsters in particular should be made aware of the danger and BCGA would advocate a warning against this being attached to or given with every helium filled balloon and with any cylinder of helium balloon gas supplied to members of the general public who are unlikely to read
the full detail contained in safety data sheets.
http://proactivegass
afety.com/applied-ga
s-safety-articles/ab
use-of-industrial-ga
ses-2
Small amounts of Helium are also dangerous the practice of breathing the gas to make a 'squeaky' voice is very dangerous and has led to deaths. For more information read BCGA leaflet L7 which includes: Helium is a very light and inert, non-toxic gas, but if it displaces oxygen it can be fatal. The ‘fun’ to be found in the squeaky voice helium trick is far from funny when people, often youngsters, die trying this. It does not take many breaths of helium to fall unconscious and die in this way. Youngsters in particular should be made aware of the danger and BCGA would advocate a warning against this being attached to or given with every helium filled balloon and with any cylinder of helium balloon gas supplied to members of the general public who are unlikely to read the full detail contained in safety data sheets. http://proactivegass afety.com/applied-ga s-safety-articles/ab use-of-industrial-ga ses-2 helenlb
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7:54pm Thu 28 Aug 14

hectorplain says...

This might help you to remember how to switch things off properly:

Righty Tighty

Lefty Loosey.

It works for bath taps aswel!
This might help you to remember how to switch things off properly: Righty Tighty Lefty Loosey. It works for bath taps aswel! hectorplain
  • Score: 1

10:06pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Cymo says...

It doesn't work for me - if one side of the circular tap is moving left, the other side is moving right at exactly the same time!
It doesn't work for me - if one side of the circular tap is moving left, the other side is moving right at exactly the same time! Cymo
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