If you are using oxygen in your home, you need to take extra steps to ensure your safety. Oxygen can be a fire hazard but this is often forgotten or overlooked. Take these precautions to keep your home safe.

  • Never smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around oxygen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 89% of deaths related to fire and home oxygen use are caused by smoking. Post NO SMOKING signs in every room of your home where oxygen is in use.
  • Keep oxygen canisters at least 5-10 feet away from gas stoves, woodstoves, lighted fireplaces, candles or other sources of open flames.
  • Store oxygen canisters safely and securely in the upright position, in an approved oxygen storage cart or other device designed to store home oxygen.
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors in your home. Replace batteries regularly and perform weekly checks.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it. Plan and practice an emergency evacuation route for you and your family to use in the event of a fire.
  • Do not use oil, grease or petroleum-based products on the equipment. Do not use it near you while you use oxygen. These materials are highly flammable and will burn readily with the presence of oxygen. Avoid petroleum-based lotions or creams, like Vaseline, on your face or upper chest. Check the ingredients of such products before purchase. If a skin moisturizer is needed, consider using cocoa butter, aloe vera or other similar products. For lubrication or rehydration of dry nasal passages, use water-based products. Your pharmacist or care provider can suggest these.
  • Do not use electric razors while using oxygen (in case of sparks).
  • Use caution with oxygen tubing so you do not trip over it or become entangled in furniture.
  • Be familiar with the equipment and the safety checks established by Franciscan. Keep our Customer Care phone number – (315) 458-3200 near your phone. Do not try to repair broken equipment on your own. Request this service from Franciscan.
  • Notify the local fire department, gas and electric companies and telephone company when home oxygen therapy is started. Request a "priority service listing." This is for those times when there is a power or telephone failure or repairs are needed on any utility.