Oxygen users should be aware of the following:
- Do not adjust the oxygen flow rate on the cylinder without consulting your GP.
- Do not smoke or let others smoke in the presence of oxygen.
- Keep the oxygen cylinder away from open flames, cigarettes, stoves or any source of heat.
- Never use oil or grease on the cylinder valve (On/Off valve) or equipment – this can greatly increase fire risk.
- Do not let children or untrained persons tamper with a cylinder.
- Do not cover or hang clothes or dusters on an oxygen cylinder.
- Close the cylinder valve (on/off valve) when not in use.
- Store the cylinder below 50ºC in a well-ventilated place.
- Do not place cannula or mask on upholstery or bedding – oxygen may be absorbed increasing fire risk.
- Follow the Healthcare Technician’s advice on where to store your cylinders safely.
Transporting oxygen cylinders
We do not advise that you use your oxygen cylinders in your vehicle but if it is necessary to do so under exceptional circumstances, the following advice should be followed:
- Always inform your insurance company that you will be carrying oxygen.
- Ensure that your oxygen cylinders are secured safely in the boot of the vehicle. We recommend that you place protection around a B10 cylinder to ensure that it does not move around in the boot of the vehicle.
- Never transport oxygen cylinders unsecured in the front or rear passenger seats.
- If transporting several portable oxygen cylinders always carry them in a green safety box. We can provide this box if needed, just call us on 0800 373580 between 8.00am – 6.30pm.
- Individual portable oxygen cylinders should be kept in the carry bag provided to you free of charge.
- Never use oxygen in a fuel station and never smoke while using oxygen in the car.
- Do not store oxygen cylinders in your vehicle.