Using oxygen in the home setting is safe as long as you follow some guidelines to help ensure the proper environment and conditions.
Some general home safety precautions include:
- Never smoke while using oxygen and warn visitors who smoke not to do so.
- No smoking signs should be in visible locations to alert guests that oxygen is being used/stored in the home.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from open flames including cigarettes, gas stoves, candles, fireplaces that are lit, and other heat sources. Electric razors should be avoided as well.
- Do not use flammable products while using oxygen such as grease, aerosols, or petroleum based products while using oxygen. This includes petroleum based creams or lotions.
- Oxygen should be stored away from flammable items or heat sources, and should be secured to prevent falling.
- Keep a fire extinguisher close by.
- When using a concentrator:
- Avoid extension cords
- Store in an area with proper circulation
- Store 12-18 inches from drapes and walls
Your Hospice Nurse will talk with you about home safety and oxygen safety.