Are there any safety concerns?

Oxygen is not flammable, but supports combustion and can cause other materials that burn to ignite more easily and rapidly. Fire involving oxygen can appear explosive-like.

  1. Never smoke while using oxygen. Visitors must be informed smoking is not allowed around any oxygen equipment or when oxygen is in use. NO SMOKING signs are to be posted where they can be visually seen.
  2. Oxygen should not be used nor stored around open flames such as candles or fireplaces, nor around excessive temperatures such as radiators or other sources of heat.
  3. Always ensure that all electrical outlets used with concentrators are safe and up to Canadian standards. Never use extension cords.
  4. Turn the cylinder or concentrator off when not in use and always unplug prior to cleaning. Only clean the outer shell of the concentrator by wiping it down.
  5. Keep flammable products such as cleaning fluids, paint thinners, or aerosol sprays away from oxygen equipment.
  6. Use water-based lubricants on lips, body, or hands. DO NOT use oil-based products such as petroleum jelly, or other petroleum based creams or lotions.
  7. Never lubricate oxygen equipment.
  8. DO NOT allow untrained individuals to handle or operate any oxygen equipment.
  9. Store oxygen in a dry, cool and well-ventilated area. DO NOT store cylinders or concentrator units in confined areas such as closets. Store concentrators and cylinders in an upright position.
  10. Ensure cylinders are properly transported while travelling in a vehicle. DO NOT store cylinders in a car or the trunk under extreme heat (52C or 125F).
  11. Never drop cylinders, drag, slide, or violently strike them. Always properly secure cylinders when transporting or storing them.
  12. In the event of a fire YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST. Turn off source of oxygen and fight like a conventional fire with a dry chemical ABC or BC extinguisher, if trained and safe to do so. If unsafe, turn off source of oxygen, close all doors on your way out to the exit, and immediately leave.