Are portable oxygen concentrators flammable?
Although they produce pure oxygen, and oxygen is generally flammable, oxygen concentrators are not more flammable that oxygen bottles, for example; especially when taken care of properly. So long as you follow some basic safety precautions, the risk of fire when using an oxygen concentrator at home is close to zero.
- Do not use aerosol products in the same room as your portable oxygen concentrator. Items like air fresheners, room sprays and mists are generally highly flammable.
- Do not use flammable liquids in the same room as your oxygen concentrator. These include gasoline cans and other products intended for fueling household appliances like barbeques, etc. Always keep your oxygen therapy equipment away from this type of inflammable products.
- Don’t use oil-based hand lotions, vapor rubs, or petroleum jelly when using your oxygen cocnentrator.
- Do not smoke around your oxygen concentrator. It is simply hazardous to do so and putting yourself, your family and pets at great risk of fire. The same goes for alcohol-based hand sanitizers that do not dry quickly after applied to your skin.