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Precautions while using Oxygen Therapy
safety tips for preventing accidents when using oxygen therapy.
1. Oxygen therapy
Oxygen therapy is a very safe and effective way to manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms, but it requires certain precautions. Oxygen is a flammable gas, according to Livestrong.com, and should be handled accordingly. Its also important to always have enough oxygen on hand. If youre using a portable oxygen
2. Oxygen Use Precautions
Oxygen is a safe gas as long as it is used properly. Contrary to what most people believe, oxygen will not explode. Oxygen does, however, support combustion. Therefore, any material that is already burning will burn much faster and hotter in an oxygen enriched atmosphere. It is very important to follow these precautions so that you and your family are safe when you are using your oxygen.
3. Be Prepared
Notify your electric company if you are using an oxygen concentrator system so it can make your house a priority during a power outage. Always have backup tanks available, and know how to use them. Families may want to consider purchasing a backup generator for power outages. Be sure to have a functioning smoke detector and fire extinguisher in your home at all times.
4. NO SMOKING
Post signs in every room where oxygen is in use. Make sure that absolutely NO SMOKING occurs in the home or in the car when oxygen is in use. Oxygen canisters should be kept at least 5 10 feet away from gas stoves, lighted fireplaces, woodstoves, candles or other sources of open flames & Do not use electric razors while using oxygen. (These are a possible source of sparks.
5. Do not use oil, grease or petroleum based products on the equipment
Do not use oil, grease or petroleum based products on the equipment. Do not use it near you while you use oxygen. These materials are highly flammable and will burn readily with the presence of oxygen. Avoid petroleum based lotions or creams, like Vaseline, on your face or upper chest. Check the ingredients of such products before purchase. If a skin moisturizer is needed, consider using cocoa butter, aloe vera or other similar products. For lubrication or rehydration of dry nasal passages, use water based products. Your pharmacist or care provider can suggest these.


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