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Liquid Oxygen Safety Tips

Khushnuma Irani Nov 20, 2018
Need to use liquid oxygen? Before you start, make sure you read all there is regarding its safety, and caution.
Tanks with liquid oxygen are very useful, but they need to be handled with care and caution. Always follow the material safety tips and you can save yourself a lot of distress from hazards. You may be a patient or a caregiver, and even if you know all there is to know, you can never be too sure.
Do not take anything for granted while handling these materials or tanks, mistakes happen all the time and one slight error can cause more damage than you can imagine. Why not take the extra minute or two to ensure that all is in order and prevent any and all accidents.

Safety Tips:

  • If you are using the tanks, why not use an oxygen concentrator, which leaves you hassle free and unconcerned about ever filling the tank. It is a device that doesn't need to be refilled.
How it works is that it divides oxygen from the nitrogen and other gases in the air or space around. Though these are not portable and this is the only disadvantage. However, overall, the use of oxygen concentrator removes the need for refilling and avoids any kind of hazard.
  • If you have the tanks at home, make sure you know the right procedure of refilling them. Be aware of the specific warning regarding the equipment you are using as well as its instructions. There is no room for error where a tank is concerned.
  • Liquid oxygen is great, because it is easily portable. It can be carried around in small portable tanks, but make sure that you have a full and large oxygen tank ready at home in case of any emergency. These smaller tanks have to be treated with the same caution as the large ones, but they allow freedom to a person who needs constant oxygen supply.
  • If you have tanks - large or small, ensure that you have a backup readily accessible in case of an emergency.
  • If you see anything in/on the equipment, be it the large, portable tanks, or the re-fill apparatus, make sure that you contact the supplier instantly. The most common damage is a leak in the tanks; this can be hazardous as well as a waste of oxygen.
  • This also requires extreme care and caution for filling, and in case of an emergency, you need to be prepared with the smaller portable tanks that can be carried without wasting a single moment.
  • Never allow smoke or fire near the equipment. Also never store the tanks or equipment near sources of high temperature. Put up signs to notify people of hazards to prevent any mishap.
  • Keep all phone numbers of suppliers, manufacturers, and medical care providers handy. You never know when the need arises.
Always consult before using liquid oxygen, be it for yourself or the person for whom you are caring. Do not feel awkward about asking questions. The more information you have the safer you are going to be. Lastly, always follow the instructions given by manufacturers or doctors to the 'T'.