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Oxygen safety

Do you use home oxygen therapy? Oxygen by itself is not flammable, but it can feed a fire. When oxygen is flowing near fabrics like bed and furniture coverings, they can burn more easily.

Because some portable units vent oxygen, it's important to store them safely.

  • Keep all liquid oxygen containers upright in well-ventilated spaces and at least 10 feet away from heat and open flame.
  • Compressed oxygen cylinders should also be secured and stored in an upright position.
  • Do not smoke, or allow visitors to smoke, while using oxygen. It can lead to fire and serious burns.
  • Do not cook while using oxygen.

Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the care and use of oxygen equipment.