Portable oxygen safety
How to store oxygen containers:
- 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.
- Post “No Smoking” and “No Open Flames” signs inside and outside the home to remind residents and guests not to smoke.
- Do not cook while using oxygen.
- Body oil, hand lotion and items containing oil and grease can easily burn. Keep oil and grease away from where oxygen is in use.
- Never use aerosol sprays containing combustible materials near the oxygen.
When using a medical oxygen tank:
- If medical oxygen or an oxygen tank is used in the home, the amount of oxygen in the air, furniture, clothing, hair, and bedding can increase, making it easier for a fire to spread. This means that there is a higher risk of fires and burns.
- Where medical oxygen is in use, do not smoke, never use a sparking toy, an open flame such as a match or lighter, a fireplace or stove, or any other device fuelled by gas, kerosene, wood, or coal.
Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the care and use of oxygen equipment.