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Reminder about safe use of oxygen at home


Date: 14th August, 2019

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people of the fire risks of having oxygen therapy systems in the home.

Oxygen therapy is used by people with severe respiratory conditions, to provide air that contains more oxygen than normal. Specialist equipment – which can include cylinders and portable units – is used to pipe medical oxygen to the patient through either a nasal cannula or face mask.

Firefighters were called to a home today (14 August) where a man suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation after the flame from a lighter ignited his oxygen supply.

Ian Hopkins, the Service’s Prevention Delivery Manager, said: “The addition of concentrated oxygen into a room or surrounding environment will greatly increase the intensity of a fire should one start. Fortunately, on this occasion, the fire didn’t take hold. We would urge anyone who uses oxygen at home, or who cares for someone in that position, to take extra precautions to prevent a fire from starting.”

The following advice should always be followed:

The Fire and Rescue Service offers free Safe & Well visits, where an advisor comes to the home at a convenient time to see what can be done to improve the safety of the household. Anyone with an oxygen therapy system at home will qualify – to make a request, call 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits

Further information for carers on how to identify fire risk in the home can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/advice-for-carers

 

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