Home oxygen therapy is safe as long as you follow a few simple rules
The Fire Triangle
To start a fire, three things are needed:
Materials burn much faster in oxygen than in air alone, it is therefore important that you:
When your oxygen equipment is turned on, oxygen can build up unnoticed on materials such as clothing, hair, fabrics, wood and paper. This can cause them to burn more easily if they catch fire. Because of this, you should:
You should ALWAYS follow the advice given to you by your technician about the safest place to store and use your oxygen equipment. It is important that you:
This information applies to all places where you use or store your equipment, and when travelling with it.
Your technician will provide you with a safe amount of tubing to meet your needs around the home up to a maximum distance of 15 metres.
You need to be aware that any oxygen tubing is a potential trip hazard for you and anyone else in your home, it is your responsibility to remain safe whilst using your home oxygen equipment.
REMEMBER that the tubing is trailing behind you and around your feet. Particular care needs to be taken when moving around your home especially on staircases. You should:
Your details will be shared with the local Fire and Rescue Service so that in the unlikely event of a fire, the Fire and Rescue Services know that there is home oxygen equipment at your address.
You may receive a home safety visit from your local Fire and Rescue Service to help manage any risks and plan how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire. If you are contacted by them it is important you allow them to visit your home.