BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuOxygen safetyCOPD - oxygen safety; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - oxygen safety; Chronic obstructive airways disease - oxygen safety; Emphysema - oxygen safety; Heart failure - oxygen-safety; Palliative care - oxygen safety; Hospice - oxygen safetyOxygen makes things burn much faster. Think of what happens when you blow into a fire; it makes the flame bigger. If you are using oxygen in your home, you must take extra care to stay safe from fires and objects that might burn.Using oxygen in your homeBecause of your medical problem, you may need to use oxygen to help you breathe. You will need to know how to use and store your oxygen.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Have Your Home ReadyMake sure you have working smoke detectors and a working fire extinguisher in your home. If you move around the house with your oxygen, you may need more than one fire extinguisher in different locations.Smoking can be very dangerous.No one should smoke in a room where you or your child is using oxygen. Put a "NO SMOKING" sign in every room where oxygen is used. In a restaurant, keep at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from any source of fire, such as a stove, fireplace, or tabletop candle. Keep oxygen 6 feet (2 meters) away from:Toys with electric motors Electric baseboard or space heaters Wood stoves, fireplaces, candles Electric blankets Hairdryers, electric razors, and electric toothbrushes Be Careful in the KitchenBe careful with your oxygen when you cook.Keep oxygen away from the stovetop and oven. Watch out for splattering grease. It can catch fire. Keep children with oxygen away from the stovetop and oven. Cooking with a microwave is OK. Other Safety TipsDo not store your oxygen in a trunk, box, or small closet. Storing your oxygen under the bed is OK if air can move freely under the bed.Keep liquids that may catch fire away from your oxygen. This includes cleaning products that contain oil, grease, alcohol, or other liquids that can burn.Do not use Vaseline or other petroleum-based creams and lotions on your face or upper part of your body unless you talk to your respiratory therapist or health care provider first. Products that are safe include:Aloe vera Water-based products, such as K-Y JellyAvoid tripping over oxygen tubing.Try taping the tubing to the back of your shirt. Teach children not to get tangled in the tubing.Open ReferencesReferencesAmerican Lung Association. Oxygen Therapy. www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-procedures-and-tests/oxygen-therapy/. Updated June 3, 2021. Accessed January 17, 2022.American Thoracic Society website. Oxygen therapy. www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/oxygen-therapy.pdf. Updated July 2020. Accessed January 17, 2022.National Fire Protection Association website. Medical oxygen safety. www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/OxygenSafety.ashx. Updated July 2016. Accessed January 17, 2022.AllVideoImagesTogSelf Care Oxygen safetyRelated Information Lung surgery(Surgery)Pediatric heart surgery(Surgery)Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)(Condition)Interstitial lung disease(Condition)Community-acquired pneumonia in adults(Condition)Bronchiolitis(Condition)Breathing difficulty(Symptoms)Bronchiolitis - discharge(Discharge)Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - adults - discharge(Discharge)Pneumonia in children - discharge(Discharge)Pediatric heart surgery - discharge(Discharge)Interstitial lung disease - adults - discharge(Discharge)Pneumonia in adults - discharge(Discharge)COPD - control drugs(Self-Care)COPD - quick-relief drugs(Self-Care)Using oxygen at home(Self-Care)Traveling with breathing problems(Self-Care)Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(In-Depth) Review Date: 1/17/2022 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.