If you have recently been prescribed oxygen, you might only know of the benefits that come with it, but there are also many things you need to be aware of when using your oxygen - both in your home and on the go. Although oxygen is a safe, non-flammable gas that is used to better your health, it does support combustion so things will burn more readily and ignite easier in its presence. Here we will discuss some precautions to take to ensure your oxygen is used correctly and safely.
Oxygen Safety Tips In Your Home
There are many things you can do to stay safe while using your oxygen simply in the comfort of your own home! The main thing to know is if you are unsure if something is safe, avoid it until you are certain you are in the clear. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your doctor to ensure the task you are wanting to do is okay before making the mistake and possibly getting hurt. Take a look at some tips to use in your home so that you can stay safe:
- Don’t Smoke: Never smoke while using oxygen, or be around smokers when you are using oxygen. This can cause the tank to combust and is ultimately how many injuries occur.
- Keep Oxygen Away From Heat Source: You want to allow at least 5-10 feet of space between your oxygen canister and any heat source including fireplaces, ovens, candles, etc.
- Stay In a Well-Ventilated Area: Avoid using your oxygen in a small area such as an office or closet, unless there is good ventilation. It is best to use in larger rooms where you know you are getting maximum ventilation.
Oxygen Safety Tips While Traveling
There are many dos and don'ts when traveling with oxygen to ensure you are keeping yourself and others around you safe. Here you will find a great resource to double-check before you travel!
- Store your oxygen in an upright position
- Use a travel cart if needed
- Keep your oxygen out of the sun and heat
- Be aware of your surroundings and altitude levels
- Secure your tank when traveling by plane, train, car, etc.
- Put the tank inside of a suitcase or backpack
- Put the tank in the trunk
- Forget extra supplies such as liquid oxygen or batteries in case of emergency
- Keep your oxygen tank hidden from others
- Remove oxygen unless in an emergency or you’re instructed by your doctor otherwise
The list can go on and on but by knowing these basics, you should be able to keep a peace of mind when using your oxygen both at home and on the go. If you have questions regarding your oxygen, or think you may need an oxygen prescription, contact Advanced Respiratory Care Network today!