Portable Oxygen Cylinders
- Secure your oxygen cylinder so that it cannot be knocked down.
- Keep all oxygen cylinders at least 5 feet away from any sources of heat. (Radiators, heat ducts, stoves, etc…)
- Store spare/extra cylinders lying down, or in an approved rack.
- Follow securing and storage guidelines for both empty and full cylinders.
- Post NO SMOKING signs prominently in all areas where oxygen is used or stored.
- Adjust the regulator to “off” or “0”
- Remove the plastic wrapper from the valve, which is located on the top of the oxygen cylinder.
- As a general rule, do not use tanks that do not have the plastic wrapper already in place.
- Place the washer on the valve yoke located on the regulator. (See Figure 1)
- Place the regulator over the valve located on top of the cylinder.
- Align the two indexing pins with the corresponding holes on the cylinder valve. (See Figure 2)
Tighten the “T” handle firmly. (See Figure 3)
- Using the supplier oxygen wrench, open the valve by turning the wrench clockwise. (See Figure 4)
- If a loud hissing sound occurs, it indicates that oxygen is escaping. Turn the valve “off”, and check the washer alignment, and re-tighten the “T” handle.
- Check the pressure gauge on the regulator. A full tank should read at least 2000 PSI.
- Place the tubing attached to your cannula/mask on the regulator. (See Figure 3)
- Adjust the regulator to your prescribed liters per minute.
- Put your cannula or mask on.
REMOVING THE REGULATOR
When the pressure gauge on the regulator reads less than 500 PSI, or the indicator is pointing to the RED area, it is time to switch to a new tank, or to your concentrator.
NEVER USE AN OXYGEN TANK CONTAINING LESS THAN 200 PSI; THE LITER FLOW IS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED
- Using the oxygen wrench, turn the valve located on top of the oxygen cylinder counter-clockwise until it will turn no further.
- Wait until the pressure gauge drops to zero PSI.
- Adjust your regulator to “off” or “0”
- Loosen the “T” bolt enough to disengage the regulator from the cylinder.
- If you hear a loud hissing sound, use your oxygen wrench to again turn the valve counter-clockwise to ensure the valve is closed.
- Lift the regulator off the oxygen cylinder.
MONITORING YOUR OXYGEN SUPPLY
- Ensure that somebody within your household is capable of monitoring the oxygen supply prior to it running out.
- Please give two days notice when ordering delivery of new tanks.
- All of our locations have tanks available with no prior notice during business hours. Stop by anytime during business hours to exchange empty tanks for full tanks.
- Oxygen is nonflammable, but supports combustion. All sources of ignition, spark/flame must be kept at least 10’ away.
- NO SMOKING within 10’ of oxygen source.
- NO SMOKING signs posted in the house.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE OR DELIVERY TECHNICIAN