... seperate room with the door closed? Also will cooking with a gas stove be bad?
My Dad will be coming home soon with a portable oxygen tank. Is it safe to smoke cigarettes in a?
Question posted by rapido on 15 April 2012
Last updated on 1 January 2017
Thanks everyone for the feedback.
Hello. I am on continuous oxygen. I have been through respiratory therapy training sessions for people using oxygen at home. I disagree with what you are being told, in part.
The low down is this.
One. Never smoke in the house. Do not use any sprays, perfumes, or scented things like candles, oils, whatever. This is because the person on Oxy has Impaired breathing and particles in the air makes it worse. Even scented deodorants or shampoo is a real,issue.
Two. Windows need to be closed if windy or dusty or high pollen levels. Again, too many particles.
Three. The user is to never, ever smoke. A stray ash from a cigarette could land on their clothing and cause a fire up the cannula. Many an Oxy delivery guy and Pulmonologist will tell you how burnt lungs generally cannot be healed and facial burns are horrific. That means no one can smoke around the person as well, even outside. Since the wind can catch an ash. Obviously, grills, bond fires and the like are out of the question.
Four. The person has a three foot cloud of high concentrated oxygen around them. Because oxygen increases fires, but does not burn itself, anything too close will burn very strongly and cause a major fire in an instant. No chance to put it out.
Fifth. we have a gas stove. I stay in another room and can no longer use it or be in the kitchen when in use. People will say if you are five feet away. However, kitchen fires happen and the person on Oxy will not be able to avoid the flare back. This is like the speed of striking a match.
Six. There is plenty of info on using oxygen. Be sure to research it.
Any more questions, please write. I do wish him well and hope this is temporary. If not, best to get everyone on board as soon as possible. His well being will depend on it. And things will start improving. Be well.
I would just keep him out of the kitchen when cooking. As for smoking in another room, probably its ok, but its smarter to go outside. If a fire would start in the room where the smoker is, once it hit where your father was, the oxygen would support combustion.
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