UnityPoint Health - Memorial Hospital

Is Oxygen Therapy Safe?

Is Oxygen Therapy Safe?

Yes, but you need to follow specific safety precautions:

  • Do not permit open flames or burning tobacco in the room where oxygen is being used or stored.
  • Do not use electrical equipment in oxygen enriched atmosphere such as electric razors, heating pads, electric blankets.
  • Do not use flammable products such as aerosol sprays, oil-based lubricants, rubbing alcohol, finger nail polish or remover in the same room where oxygen is being used or stored.
  • Do not use oxygen near gas stoves, lighted fireplaces or candles.
  • DO not cover oxygen containers with bedding or clothes.
  • Do not use alcohol or alcohol-based products near oxygen.
  • Do not use oil or grease on oxygen equipment.
  • Do not use Vaseline or other petroleum-based products in your nostrils. If needed because of irritation to your nose, use a water-based product. Contact your physician or a durable medical equipment supply store.
  • Do not transport oxygen tanks in the trunk of your car.
  • Do use a stand for oxygen cylinders.
  • Do contact your power company to be placed on a priority list in case of a power outage.
  • Do use cotton clothing and all-cotton bedding to avoid sparks from static electricity. Avoid the use of nylon and synthetic fabrics. Avoid wool as well.
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