Oxygen is a DRUG and is effective and safe only when used as prescribed by your doctor. Never change your oxygen liter flow without first consulting your doctor.
- Oxygen is NOT FLAMMABLE and WILL NOT EXPLODE. However, oxygen DOES SUPPORT COMBUSTION. This means that oxygen will make things burn faster and ignite easier.
- Oxygen should be used and stored in a WELL-VENTILATED area because oxygen will accumulate around the user and their immediate area.
- Never use or store oxygen in a closed 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 cause burns.
- Take care to AVOID OPEN FLAMES when using oxygen. This includes matches, fireplaces, grills, stoves, space heaters, etc.
- DO NOT SMOKE within 8 feet of the oxygen patient or the oxygen system.
- Avoid “friction” toys and appliances that produce sparks, such as electric razors.
- A SMOKE DETECTOR and FIRE EXTINGUISHER should be in place when using oxygen in the home.
- Plan an EXIT ROUTE for yourself 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 tanks lying flat on the ground. DO NOT allow tanks to stand or lean in an upright position while unsecured.
- Do not store oxygen systems in non-ventilated areas such as closets or cabinets.
- Do not store oxygen systems near heat or fire sources.
- Do not store oxygen systems in the trunk of a car.
- While transporting oxygen in a vehicle, make sure 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 allow adequate ventilation.
- Concentrators are electrical devices that should only be plugged into a proper outlet.
- DO NOT USE EXTENSION CORDS.
- DO NOT USE MULTI-OUTLET ADAPTERS, such as power strips.
- Avoid using power sources that create heat or sparks.
- Use a power supply or electrical circuit that meets or exceeds the amp requirements of the concentrator.