Do's & Don'ts

Do's & Don'ts ... Tips On How To Use Your Oxygen Safely

  • Don’t ever change the flow of oxygen unless directed by your physician or a DASCO Associate.
  • Don’t use alcohol or other sedating drugs because they will slow your breathing rate
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to order oxygen tanks … Do call 800-892-4044 at least 48 hours in advance to re-order.
  • Don’t use oil based products like petroleum jelly on your lips and nostrils… Do use water based lubricants.
  • Don’t permit open flames or smoking in the same room as oxygen equipment … Do post “no smoking” signs in your home.
  • Don’t use electrical equipment or other equipment that may cause a spark within 5 feet of oxygen equipment.
  • Don’t use anything flammable around oxygen equipment (e.g., cleaning fluid, paint thinner, extension cords, aerosol sprays, alcohol-based products, products containing ether) … Do keep a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Don’t use oil or grease on or around oxygen equipment. Don’t touch oxygen equipment if your hands contain oil or grease.
  • Don’t allow tubing to be covered, kinked, or hidden.
  • Don’t cut or splice the tubing nor should you use more than 50 feet of tubing with your cannula.
  • Don’t leave oxygen on when not in use.
  • Don’t store oxygen in a confined area (e.g., closet or trunk).
  • Don’t have any untrained person handle, adjust, repair, replace any part of the oxygen equipment … Do call 800-892-4044 for any adjustments.
  • Don’t place oxygen equipment near any heat source.
  • Don’t leave oxygen cylinders (full or empty) unsecured … Do keep them in a cart, stand, belted, roped, or chained or lying down. Handle them with care.
  • Do contact your electric company and fire department to let them know you have oxygen equipment in your home.
  • Do have an emergency evacuation plan ready and keep emergency phone numbers readily available.
  • Don’t place your concentrator against a wall, curtains or other objects that could occlude the filter or prevent air from circulating around it.