Patient/caregiver was educated on oxygen precautions as follows:

  1. Avoid using any material flammable, such as aerosol cans, cleaning fluids, alcohol products, and petroleum products, near the oxygen tank.
  2. Maintain at least 10-meter distance from any open source of flame or potential source of spark, such as stoves, candles, fireplaces, hair dryers, and electric razors.
  3. Follow strict compliance with no smoking instructions indoor. Post no smoking instructions in all the rooms of the house.
  4. Educate all family members, any visitors, and guests regarding compliance with the no smoking instructions inside the house.
  5. Make sure that the smoke alarms in the house are in good working condition.
  6. Secure the attachment of the oxygen cylinder to a solid structure. This helps to avoid making a missile out of your oxygen tank, during situations of gas leak.
  7. Maintain compliance with timely checkup of the smoke detectors and regular battery change.
  8. Always arrange for an ABC fire extinguisher availability at home, in the event a fire accident was to happen. Have yourself and family members trained at operating the fire extinguishers based on the source of fire.
  9. Get yourself listed on the priority listing, for services especially during times of power breakdown or repairs needed for utilities, such as, telephone.
  10. Notify the local fire department and gas companies of utility of oxygen tank in your house.
  11. Observe compliance with timely inspection and service of your oxygen tank, as instructed by the service provider. Maintain a copy of the service register for your use.
  12. Exercise caution with oxygen tubing to avoid tripping over the tubing and suffering a fall and accident.
  13. Avoid using oil and petroleum-based moisturizers, if you are using oxygen. These materials are highly flammable and can cause severe burns and accidents, when they come in contact with oxygen.
  14. Oxygen use can dry out the nasal passages and necessitate the use of a moisturizer to prevent damage to the nasal mucosa. Always, read through the ingredients, when you are purchasing a moisturizer. Make sure that the moisturizer is water based and not petroleum based.
  15. Do not try repairing any broken or defective equipment by yourself. Always, request for a timely intervention by the service provider.
  16. Periodically check to make sure that the rate of oxygen flow is in compliance with the physician order. Never change the flow rate on your oxygen tank, without the recommendation from your doctor.
  17. Always arrange for a backup oxygen cylinder for times of equipment failure.
  18. Have an evacuation plan in place for you and your family in the event of a fire. Discuss with your family members regarding the same, so that, everyone in the family is aware of the evacuation plan, in times of emergency.