Using home oxygen, also known as oxygen therapy, is where you use an oxygen cylinder to breathe in air that contains more oxygen than normal. This is used by people with certain respiratory conditions and, if done correctly, can be completely safe.
However, if used incorrectly, home oxygen can increase the intensity of a fire should one start, or lead to burns that, in the worst case scenario, could be fatal.
Here’s our top tips around using oxygen safely:
- Never smoke, or allow the person you care for to smoke (or vape), whilst using home oxygen
- Don’t use matches or candles in the same room as oxygen equipment
- Be extra careful, around any kind of naked flame, whilst using oxygen equipment – keep well away from paraffin heaters and gas stoves
- Turn it off when you’re done – don’t allow the oxygen to be released into the room
- Keep your cylinders upright and in good condition – don’t let them get damaged
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home