Important Home & Personal Care Safety Tips for People Using Oxygen
Make sure that nobody in your house or car smokes anything when you are using your oxygen.
Keep oxygen canisters 10 feet away from gas stoves, fireplaces, wood stoves, and candles.
Don’t use an electric razor or hair dryer while using oxygen; there could be sparks.
Avoid using petroleum-based lotions and creams on your face and chest, because these products can catch fire easily.
Do not use oil, grease or petroleum-based products on or near the oxygen equipment.
Keep your oxygen canisters tied to a fixed object that can’t move around. They can be dangerous, like shooting missiles, if they are knocked over.
Keep the tubing safely wrapped or tied, too, so you won’t trip over it.
Your oxygen supplier has given you a list of instructions on how to perform safety checks. Do them. Keep the phone numbers, including the emergency contact number, right by your phone.
If something breaks, call your oxygen supplier. Don’t try to fix it yourself.
Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home and check them every month.
Have a plan for what you will do if a fire starts in your home. Have fire extinguishers on hand. Plan an escape route so you will know where to go.
Contact your fire department and utility companies (gas, electric and phone) and tell them you are on oxygen therapy. Ask for a “priority service listing.” This means you will get help quickly if there is a power outage.