People who have been prescribed to use an oxygen machine due to their health conditions should be thankful to innovation and technology which has come up with a solution to cater their needs. However, as much as oxygen machines have brought an ease to one’s life, there are some dos and don’ts that you should be knowing before using it. Let’s find out what are they.
Do’s of Using an Oxygen Machine
Although the usability and care of every oxygen machines varies according to the type of it, but here are some general points to take into account when one is using such types of machines regardless of the make of it.
- Do put up a “No Smoking” board in the room where the machine is going to be used.
- Make sure that the local fire department is aware of your use of oxygen machine.
- Ensure that you have installed a functioning fire alarm in your house, especially near the room where the oxygen machine is being used.
- Do keep a fire extinguisher at your home at all times and also be prepared as to how the same is to be used in case of emergency.
- Make sure that the room where the machine is stored is well ventilated.
- The room which contains the machine should have 100% cotton bedsheets as there are less chances of them to ignite sparks from static electricity.
- Keep a regular check on the condition of the machine in order to avoid any accidents.
Don’ts of Using an Oxygen Machine
- Do not change the rate of flow set on the oxygen machine which has been prescribed by your doctor. The amount that has been stated by the doctor is what you require, therefore, playing with the settings mean that you are risking your health.
- Avoid smoking while you are on oxygen machine.
- Make sure one is not using any electrical appliances like blow dryer, heating pads, curling iron, straightener and electric razors where the oxygen machine is kept.
- Do not use products that are prone to produce flame around oxygen such as paint thinner, cleaning fluids and aerosol spray cans.
- As mentioned earlier, always store your oxygen tank or machine in a cool area. Do not store them in closed space like trunk of a car or a cabinet.
- Avoid using greasy and oily products when holding an oxygen machine.
- Alcohol based sanitizers if used on hands, should be thoroughly be dried before using products that carry oxygen in them as they are prone to produce flame and result in accidents.