A useful video from PHS on medical oxygen safety.

Video Transcript:

“A PHS How To Video

Oxygen Safety

Oxygen is safe to use but only in the right conditions.

To avoid accidents, it is important to understand the potential dangers.

Keep in mind that oxygen will not explode or burn, but it can make a fire burn hotter and faster.

Oxygen, combustible materials, and an ignition or heat source, can pose a serious fire hazard.

When using or storing oxygen, keep it at least eight feet from open flames and other sources of heat.

Tanks and oxygen tubing require the same consideration.

Remember, electric appliances like toasters, hair dryers, blankets and space heaters have the potential to overheat and may spark when in use.

Never smoke or allow smoking around an oxygen source and it’s tubing.

Don’t use flammable materials near oxygen.

Hair and aerosol sprays, paints and thinners can all pose risk. Even certain petroleum or paraffin-based skin products like Vaseline, Vapo Rub, petroleum jelly and A+D ointment can pose a danger. A spark can quickly ignite these products, increasing the risk of fire and severe burns.

Keep oxygen tanks and tubing in well ventilated areas, because oxygen tends to build up in the surrounding air and concentrating clothes, blankets and curtains.

Never store tanks in a closed area, like a closet.

Oxygen In Use signs should be placed on your home’s main entrance. Firefighters, emergency personnel and visitors need to know that oxygen is being used in your home.

Oxygen tanks need to be in good condition. There should be no dents, gouges or pits.

Since oxygen tanks are under a high amount of pressure, a ruptured or broken valve could cause a tank to propel itself in an uncontrolled manner.

If you think a tank has become damaged, don’t use it, and call Pediatric Home Service.

At all times, make sure your tanks, whether full or empty, are secured to prevent them from tipping over.

Traveling with oxygen requires the same care and caution as home use.

Secure your oxygen tanks in the back passenger area of the vehicle. Don’t let a tank roll or bang around. And never keep a tank in the trunk.

Your vehicle should be well ventilated.

Leaving a small opening in a window to preven oxygen and hot temperatures from building up inside.

Again, never smoke near an oxygen tank.

When you reach your destination, take the oxygen tanks out as soon as possible, and make sure to store them properly.

Following these safety precautions will help ensure problem-free oxygen use.”