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For those of you who have oxygen cylinders at home, it is important to know how to store this tool properly. Because the storage of oxygen cylinders in any place can pose a danger. One of them is the explosion of the oxygen cylinder which can trigger a fire
Oxygen cylinders, especially portable ones, can indeed be used as breathing aids for people with certain diseases undergoing treatment at home, such as asthma, COVID-19, or sleep apnea.
This oxygen cylinder also has several advantages. Besides being more practical to use than an oxygen concentrator in the form of a machine, its small size makes it easy to carry when the patient is forced to travel.
Who Needs Oxygen Cylinder?
There are several conditions that require a person to get oxygen therapy directly from a special container, such as an oxygen cylinder. Examples are people exposed to COVID-19 with severe symptoms or COVID-19 patients experiencing happy hypoxia.
Patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms generally experience shortness of breath and a decrease in oxygen saturation to below 90–95%. This condition must be addressed immediately by giving Corona drugs, infusion therapy, to oxygen therapy before it has the potential to cause serious complications.
In addition to COVID-19 disease, there are also several other medical conditions that require the availability of oxygen cylinders, including:
- Asthma that often recurs and has severe symptoms
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart failure
- cystic fibrosis
- Breathing failure
Although it can be done at home, the use of oxygen cylinders itself must still receive instructions and evaluations from medical personnel. It is important to pay attention so that unwanted things do not happen, such as an oxygen cylinder explosion.
Security and Safety Using Oxygen Cylinder
Although having oxygen cylinders at home can save lives, it doesn't mean that these devices are without risks. The potential for explosion to fire is still one of the common risks due to lack of attention when storing oxygen cylinders.
Therefore, so that the existence of this tool does not cause harmful effects and can be used safely and appropriately, there are several tips that you can do when you store oxygen cylinders at home, namely:
- Keep oxygen cylinders away from places that emit fire and are hot. The safe distance to place the oxygen cylinder from the ignition source is about 1.5–3 meters.
- Keep your distance and keep oxygen cylinders away from cables or electrically charged equipment, especially electric tools that can spark fire.
- Keep liquids and other flammable objects away from oxygen cylinders, such as fuel and alcohol.
- Do not clean the oxygen cylinder with flammable liquids, such as alcohol, but use clean water.
- Make sure everyone in the house knows and follows the rules not to start a fire, such as smoking or using burnt aromatherapy, where you store oxygen cylinders.
- Try not to just lay the oxygen cylinder, so that it doesn't come out when a leak occurs.
- Do not attempt to repair a damaged oxygen cylinder yourself. It's safer if you call a technician from the company where you bought the oxygen cylinder.
When you want to use the oxygen cylinder, you must make sure that the connection between the hose and the tube does not leak. After that, you also have to make sure that the oxygen in the cylinder is functioning properly.
Likewise, if oxygen cylinders are used for children, immediately consult a doctor if during the use of oxygen cylinders there are several symptoms, such as:
- Shortness of breath
- When you breathe, your nostrils appear to widen
- An extra sound when breathing, resembling snoring, or wheezing
- Lost appetite
- Lips, gums, or eyelids appear dark or bluish
- Irritability and sleeplessness
- Body looks lethargic and weak
Even though you have undergone oxygen therapy through an oxygen cylinder at home, that doesn't mean you don't need medical help, right? You still need to regularly seek treatment and see a doctor so that the disease you are suffering from can be treated properly.
If you still have questions about tips for storing oxygen cylinders at home, you can also ask your doctor.