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Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Bowling Green

Suite 5
1204 West Wooster Street
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax: 419.352.7252

Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Findlay

1749 Tiffin Avenue
Findlay, OH 45840
Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax: 419.420.8105

Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Fremont

1211 Oak Harbor Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax: 419.332.3384

Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Lima

Distribution Center
528 West Market Street
Lima, OH 45801

Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Maumee

Suite 7
5757 Monclova Road
Maumee, OH 43537
Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax: 419.891.4093

Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, Upper Sandusky

100 South Sandusky Avenue
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351
Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fax: 419.835.1176
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Using Oxygen Safely

Using prescribed oxygen can help you avoid shortness of breath. It can also improve sleep and mental alertness. And it can help you to be more active. But you must follow important safety rules when using your oxygen unit. This will reduce the chances of fire and other hazards. Remember these do’s and don’ts:

Oxygen do’s

These include: 

  • Do keep flame sources at least 5 feet away from where your oxygen unit is used or stored. Open flames should be kept at least 10 feet away. This includes cigarettes, matches, candles, fireplaces, gas burners, and pipes. It also includes anything else that could start a fire. Never smoke or use an open flame when wearing oxygen.

  • Do keep the oxygen unit at least 5 feet away from heat sources. This include electric or gas space heaters. This also includes steam pipes, furnaces, and radiators.

  • Do ask the oxygen unit supplier if you should keep the oxygen unit away from other appliances. You may need to keep it away from TVs and radios.

  • Do turn off the oxygen unit fully when it’s not in use.

  • Do have a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you and others in your home know how to use it.

  • Do be careful not to trip over the oxygen tubing.

Oxygen don'ts

These include: 

  • Don’t smoke. Don’t let others smoke near you. Post a “No Smoking” sign in your home.

  • Don’t use aerosol sprays near the oxygen unit. This includesair fresheners and hairspray. Aerosol sprays are very flammable.

  • Don’t use vapor rubs, petroleum jelly, or oil-based hand lotion. These are flammable. Use water-based products instead.

  • Don’t use oxygen while cooking with gas. Ask the oxygen unit supplier about other types of cooking.

  • Don’t oil the oxygen unit. And don’t use it with oily or greasy hands.

  • Don’t place a liquid oxygen unit on its side. The oxygen inside can evaporate. Oxygen should always be stored upright in a secured device.

  • Don't touch the oxygen unit with wet hands from using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, rub all of the liquid into your skin. Your hands must be fully dry before touching the oxygen unit.

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