10 Tips for Oxygen Fire Safety at Home

10 Tips for Oxygen Fire Safety at Home

no smoking oxygen in use sign

Consider the following tips to ensure fire safety at home when using medical oxygen.

  1. Never Smoke or allow anyone else to smoke in your home. Post “No Smoking” signs in every room where oxygen is used.
  2. Keep oxygen cylinders at least 5 to 10 feet away from heat sources.
  3. Do not use lotions, creams or other greasy products that contain petroleum.
  4. Store oxygen cylinders in an upright position or securely in an oxygen storage cart.
  5. Turn your oxygen supply valve to the off position when oxygen is not in use.
  6. Avoid anything can create sparks including electric heaters, electric blankets, electric razors, hair dryers and friction toys.
  7. Install smoke detectors in your home. Remember to replace the batteries regularly. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
  8. Learn how to use your oxygen equipment and the safety checks.
  9. Let your electric company know that you are oxygen dependent. Many companies will give you priority service or even a generator incase the power goes out.
  10. Store oxygen in a well ventilated area away from the sun. Never drape clothing or other materials over your oxygen supply source.

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