Oxygen Equipment Safety Instructions

Document created by kbass on Dec 28, 2016Last modified by mcunningham on Mar 22, 2017
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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.


Fire safety

  • 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.


Concentrator safety

  • Concentrators are electrical devices that should only be plugged into a proper outlet.
  • 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.

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