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What are some safety tips for home oxygen therapy?

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Never smoke, and don’t let others light up near you. Keep away from open flames, such as matches, cigarette lighters, and burning tobacco.

Stay 5 feet away from heat sources. That includes gas stoves, candles, lighted fireplaces, and electric or gas heaters.

Don’t use flammable products.

Keep oxygen containers upright.

Skip products with oil, grease, or petroleum. That also goes for petroleum-based creams and ointments.

Have a fire extinguisher close by. Let your fire department know that you have oxygen in your home.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

COPD Foundation: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Oxygen Therapy,” “Supplemental Oxygen.”

American Association for Respiratory Care: “Home Oxygen Therapy.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Oxygen Therapy.”

COPD Foundation: “Oxygen Therapy.”

American Lung Association: “Oxygen Therapy,” “Supplemental Oxygen.”

American Association for Respiratory Care: “Home Oxygen Therapy.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

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