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Things To Keep In Mind When Using Oxygen at Home

Things To Keep In Mind When Using Oxygen at Home
Laura Castricone

  • Oxygen is a legendary drug and is regulated by the FDA it is by prescription only.
  • Medical grade oxygen is not the same as industrial grade oxygen
  • No smoking or open flames within 5 feet of oxygen source
  • If you need to cook with your oxygen, you may need to remove it from your face to prevent the flame from following the oxygen stream.
  • Oxygen is not combustible but it will accelerate a flame and make a fire bigger.
  • Always post “no smoking” signs on your front and back doors. This is not just to notify people coming to your home that oxygen is in use, but to let the fire dept. know where oxygen is in the case of a fire.
  • If you must smoke, you will need to remove your oxygen and keep it off for about 15 mins before you light up. It takes that long for the residual oxygen to be gone from your system and from clothing, bedding, and other fabrics.
  • Follow your doctor’s prescription (do not change how much you are prescribed to use or how often you are supposed to use it)
  • Have a backup plan in case of a power failure (i.e.: extra cylinders, battery-operated system, go to someone’s home that has electricity, or go to ED)
  • Never use petroleum products with oxygen (i.e.: Vaseline, Chapstick, or any other item on your face that has an oil base)
  • Store oxygen cylinders safely (lying down under a bed/dresser or in a rack)
  • Change your nasal cannula every week or sooner if needed. If using humidity with your oxygen, change the water every day and only use distilled water
  • As with all prescriptions, never share your oxygen with anyone and keep away from children.
  • Ask any questions you or your family may have about your oxygen therapy to your healthcare provider


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My name is Laura Castricone and I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist. I have been practicing in the state of Connecticut since 1992. I have worked in several aspects of respiratory care ...

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