Here are 12 key points to remember with your home oxygen equipment. If you need any assistance, please contact our team.
1. If you have recently had your equipment installed, remember to contact your local Fire Service and inform your insurance company that you have oxygen in the house.
2. Clean the filter on your concentrator every week, this is essential.
3. Concentrator machines extract oxygen from the surrounding air. Ensure your concentrator is in a well-ventilated room and has a gap of at least 30cm around (enough space to fit another concentrator behind it). This is vital to allow for adequate air circulation and to allow the machine to function effectively.
4. Operate your equipment following the instructions and demonstration from your home care technician.
5. Follow safety recommendations and do not smoke cigarettes or use electronic cigarettes whilst using your oxygen. Do not allow anyone to smoke near you.
6. Turn off your oxygen if you are not using it, and do not sit the cannula or your mask on your lap when oxygen is flowing, as materials become oxygen-enriched and become a fire hazard.
7. Keep at least 10 feet (3m) away from sparking objects, naked flames, flammable materials and extreme heat (e.g. gas hob, fire, birthday candles & BBQs).
8. Never use oils or grease near your oxygen equipment, if you have handled oils or grease make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly before touching any equipment. (See more information on the safe use of skin creams and emollients)
9. Let alcohol hand sanitiser dry thoroughly before touching any of your oxygen equipment.
10. Be careful not to get your oxygen tubing caught in or under doors, as this can damage the tubing. Please take care if you use a wheelchair or walking frame. If you are tripping over your tubing there may be an alternative solution, please call the team to discuss further.
11. Do not alter the flow rate of your oxygen unless your clinician has directed you to do this.
12. Back up cylinders are provided along with your concentrator in case of a power cut or machine failure. These should only be used for this purpose and be located where they can be reached when needed. Please remember to call for replenishment if you have used your backup cylinder.