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Reminders & Tips

Welcome to our oxygen therapy reminders and tips page. Here you will find helpful safety and usage information for your oxygen equipment. When using your oxygen therapy, it is important to follow all safety precautions.

General

1. DO NOT change your liter flow setting and/or how often you use your oxygen without consulting with your doctor.

2. DO NOT place your oxygen equipment in a closet or other confined space. It is best not to move your oxygen equipment from where it was placed by your representative. Please call us for assistance.

3. Keep all oxygen equipment at least five feet away from all heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, etc.

4. Avoid using the following items while oxygen is in use:

a. Oil or petroleum-based products (Vaseline, certain cosmetics, or lotions)

b. Aerosol sprays (hair sprays, spray paint, air fresheners, etc.)

c. Electrical items that might spark (electric razors, electric blankets, hair dryers, heating pads, etc.)

5. REMEMBER: Oxygen does not burn, but does support combustion. This means oxygen causes things to catch fire easier and burn faster and hotter. Keep all open flames away from your oxygen equipment.

6. DO NOT smoke while using your oxygen! Smoking with your oxygen could lead to property damage, severe personal injury, or even death. If you choose to smoke, you need to wait at least 30 minutes after turning off your oxygen. Smoke away from your oxygen equipment (in another room or outside).

NOTE: Oxygen saturates into clothing and bed linens and could easily catch fire if exposed to a spark or hot ash.

7. We recommend that you have properly working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home for emergencies.

8. It is important to keep your supplies clean according to the Care & Maintenance section to prevent respiratory infections.

9. If you have a medical emergency, contact your doctor or emergency personnel.

Stationary Concentrator

1. The concentrator should be placed where the alarm can be heard by the patient and/or caregiver at all times.

2. Keep the concentrator in a well-ventilated area at least 12 inches away from anything that might block the airflow (drapes, bed spreads, etc.).

3. Place the concentrator close to a properly grounded electrical outlet. DO NOT plug multiple electrical devices into a single outlet.

4. It is better not to use extension cords. If necessary, use only heavy-duty extension cords.

Portable Cylinder

1. Cylinders should be kept secure at all times, either in a cart, a stand, or lying down so that they will not get knocked over.

2. When transporting cylinders in your vehicle, it is best to place the cylinders in the passenger section, either on the floor or secured with a seat belt, keeping a window partially opened.

3. Do not store the cylinders where the temperature could exceed 120°F (i.e., outside in direct sunlight, a car trunk, etc.)

Liquid Oxygen

1. Never tamper with safety devices in valves or on the liquid unit.

2. Never permit oil, grease, or other readily combustible substances to come into contact with liquid oxygen unit and supplies.

3. Keep all stationary and portable units upright to prevent venting or spilling. If a spill occurs, immediately and safely place the unit upright, if possible. Do not attempt to wipe up the liquid. The liquid will evaporate very quickly. Keep all flames/heat sources away from the area.

4. If steady venting occurs (dense white vapor), stay away from the vapor. Open windows nearby, close the door to the room, and call us immediately!

5. If liquid oxygen contacts clothing, remove clothing immediately, and avoid any source of flames.

6. If liquid oxygen contacts skin, immediately flush area with tepid water and seek medical attention.

7. Always turn your flow-meter knob to OFF when oxygen is not in use.