It is not uncommon to see people using home oxygen systems to aid with respiratory problems. However, some people smoke while on oxygen, which can prove to be fatal, not only to them – but to the people around them. Be sure you and everyone in your home are aware of the dangers of smoking when a home oxygen system is in use:
Since home oxygen systems increase the amount of oxygen in an area, fires can actually spread faster, as if flames are being fanned.
Oxygen literally saturates everything in the environment in which it is placed: clothing, fabric, hair, beards – even once thought “flame retardant” clothing. Everything burns faster where oxygen levels are increased.
Anyone who smokes should be willing to quit immediately when placed on oxygen therapy. Lighting up while on oxygen can result in a tragic, fiery death or extreme injury.
There should be absolutely NO SMOKING ALLOWED inside a home where oxygen is being used. Even when the oxygen therapy is not in use, the environment remains oxygen enriched, which means a fire can spread easily and quickly get out of hand.