It is important that the oxygen equipment is not used anywhere near an open flame. Make sure that the oxygen is always used in a well ventilated area – this will ensure that you will not get any high concentrations of oxygen that will encourage things to burn in the event of an ignition.
- Never smoke (or let someone else smoke) near the oxygen equipment, even when it is being used at low flows.
- Never use the oxygen equipment near open fires or naked flames. This includes candles on birthday cakes.
In the event of a fire:
- Make sure everyone is immediately evacuated from the area.
- Immediately ring 999 – if necessary telephone from a neighbour’s house.
- Advise the operator that there are gas cylinders/liquid oxygen vessels in the premises.
- As soon as it is practical, ring our Patients Service Centre to advise them about the fire and let them know if any of your oxygen equipment has been involved in the fire.
- Do not use any oxygen equipment that has been involved in the fire. You should take any additional advice you are given by your local Fire Safety Officer. We strongly recommend that you fit a smoke alarm to your property and carry out regular checks to ensure it remains operational.