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Oxygen Safety 101

General In-Home Oxygen Safety:

  • Place and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house.
  • Every home should be equipped with a fire extinguisher suitable for home environment.
  • Avoid using extension cords, particularly with medical equipment.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets with multiple pieces of equipment.
  • Do not use anything electrical if cords are frayed or cracked.
  • Electrical devices should be plugged into a properly grounded outlet.
  • Ensure bathroom safety by making sure all bathtubs and showers are equipped with non-skid mats or abrasive strips.
  • Have at least one telephone located where it can be easily accessed in the event of an accident.
  • Develop and practice an emergency evacuation plan in the event of a fire or disaster.

Oxygen Equipment-Specific Safety:

  • Oxygen is a drug and should be used ONLY as directed by your physician.
  • Oxygen is a flammable gas that will accelerate combustion.
  • Do not use oxygen around open flames such as candles, a fireplace, and stove burners.
  • Absolutely no smoking near oxygen equipment or the person using oxygen.
  • When going outside the home, be sure to carry plenty of ‘back up’ including spare nasal cannula.
  • Carefully check battery life when traveling away from home or away from electrical power.
  • Be cognizant of battery life potential.
  • Read your owner’s manual and know the proper equipment maintenance.
  • Properly maintain the equipment and have it checked or serviced if necessary.

Traveling with Oxygen:

  • When traveling by air or train, be sure to check with the carrier in advance for any requirements they may have regarding your oxygen.
  • It is advisable to bring along a prescription for your oxygen when traveling.
  • In the event of an emergency, you may need a prescription to obtain emergency supplies, service on your existing equipment, and medical treatment by healthcare providers. Keep oxygen equipment secure when traveling by car.
  • When staying in a hotel or someone else’s home, follow the oxygen equipment specific safety instructions.
  • Be sure to carry along phone number and contact info for Fresh Air Medical, as well as your local oxygen provider, physicians, and family/caregivers.

Fresh Air Medical!

Fresh Air Medical is dedicated to providing the best medical oxygen—in both stationary and portable oxygen concentrators—for you and your loved ones. We do our absolute best to understand our customers’ needs and provide the best online experience in the industry.

As an authorized online retailer for the top oxygen equipment manufacturers for companies like Inogen and Airsep, you can expect the best quality oxygen concentrators and top-notch service, well after your purchase.

Please note: A valid prescription is required for ordering any machines

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