Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oxygen Safety Rules

Oxygen does not explode and cannot burn by itself. However, fire will occur when oxygen exists in combination with a combustible or flammable material and a source of ignition.

To prevent the chance of a fire, follow these rules:
  • DO NOT permit the use of open flames or burning tobacco in the room where oxygen is being used or stored. If you are going to smoke, remove the cannula, shut-off the oxygen supply and wait for oxygen to dissipate. Do not smoke within 10 feet of your oxygen source.
  • DO NOT use any household electric equipment in oxygen enriched areas (e.g., electric razors, heaters, electric blankets). Keep them at least five feet away.
  • DO NOT use heavy coatings of oily lotions, face creams, or hair dressings while using oxygen.
  • DO NOT use aerosol sprays in the vicinity of oxygen equipment.
  • DO NOT use petroleum based products (i.e., petroleum jelly) around oxygen.
  • DO NOT oil or grease any oxygen equipment.
  • DO NOT allow oxygen tubing to be covered by any objects.
  • DO NOT leave oxygen equipment running when it is not being used.
  • DO NOT abuse or handle oxygen containers roughly.
  • DO NOT store oxygen in confined areas or in the trunk of your car.
  • DO NOT allow untrained persons or children to adjust oxygen equipment.
  • DO NOT store oxygen containers near radiators, heat ducts, steam pipes or other sources of heat.
  • Always store oxygen cylinders secured with a chain or stand.
  • Never change your prescribed flow rate without first checking with your doctor.
  • Switch to cylinders during an electrical storm.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Have working smoke alarms in your home. Test the alarms monthly.

Please call NRS with any questions or to report an incident - 800-232-0706