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Oxygen Safety Instructions

Fire Safety

  • Oxygen is not flammable and will not explode. However, oxygen does support combustion. This means that oxygen makes things burn faster and ignite easier.
  • Use and store oxygen in a well-ventilated area, because oxygen accumulates around the user and immediate surroundings.
  • Never use or store oxygen in a confined space such as a cabinet or closet.
  • Do not use petroleum-based ointments or lotions in or around your nose, such as Vaseline, Vicks, Chapstick, etc. Oxygen can react violently with these oily substances and can cause burns.
  • Keep all oxygen equipment at least 15 feet from any type of open flame. Take care to avoid open flames while using oxygen, including matches, fireplaces, barbeques, stoves, space heaters, candles, etc.
  • DO NOT SMOKE within 15 feet of the oxygen set-up or an oxygen patient.
  • Avoid using electrical appliances that might produce sparks, such as electric razors, hairdryers, etc.
  • Use of a smoke detector and fire extinguisher is recommended when using oxygen in the home.
  • Plan an evacuation route for you and your family in the event of a fire.

Oxygen Storage and Handling

  • Oxygen tanks should always be stored in a stand or cart to prevent tipping or falling. Store extra unsecured tanks by placing them flat on the floor. Do not allow tanks to stand or lean in an upright position while unsecured.
  • Do not store oxygen systems in unventilated areas such as closets or cabinets.
  • Do not store oxygen systems near heat or ignition sources.
  • Do not store oxygen systems in the trunk of a car.
  • While transporting oxygen in a vehicle, ensure containers are secure and positioned properly.
  • Oxygen should be transported in the passenger compartment of a vehicle with the windows open slightly (2-3 inches) to permit adequate ventilation.

Concentrator Safety

  • Concentrators are electrical devices that should only be plugged into a properly grounded or polarized outlet.
  • Do not use extension cords.
  • Do not use multi-outlet adapters or power strips.
  • Avoid using power sources that create heat or sparks.
  • Use a power supply or electrical circuit that meets or exceeds the amperage requirements of the concentrator.