Safety Information: Cylinder Oxygen

Doctor’s Prescription: Oxygen at __ liters per minute __

Cylinder placement:

  • Well-ventilated area (not in a closet).
  • Away from walls, drapes, curtains, bedspreads, etc.
  • Away from combustible materials (grease, lotions, solvents, etc.).
  • At least 8 feet from heat sources (smoking, matches, stoves, heaters, toasters, hair dryers, etc.)

Cylinder use:

  • Do not cover or drape anything around cylinder..
  • Turn on cylinder by turning cylinder valve in a counterclockwise (toward the left) direction. Open valve two (2) to three (3) turns.
  • Adjust liter flow:
    • Gauge Flowmeter: turn the flow adjustment knob (usually to the right) while observing the position of the indicator needle on the FLOW GAUGE until prescribed liter flow is indicated by the needle.
    • “Tube” Flowmeter: adjust the knob until the middle of the ball is at the prescribed liter flow.
  • Fit the nasal cannula to face:
    • Insert the 2 prongs into nose: prongs must point upward and curve into nostrils.
    • Slide tubing over and behind each ear.
    • Slide adjuster upward under the chin - NOT TOO TIGHT!
  • Use the oxygen:
    • At the prescribed liter flow - no more no less.
    • For the number of hours each day as prescribed.
    • For the prescribed activities.

Cleaning and disinfection:

  • Clean Tubing, Nasal Cannula and Humidifier Jar as directed in the Cleaning Instructions provided to you.
  • Cylinder and Regulator: if necessary wipe concentrator cabinet with clean, damp (water only) cloth. never spray anything on or into regulator,such as fantastic, formula 409, pinesol, etc.
  • Clean concentrator supplies as directed.


  • Never smoke while using the concentrator.
  • Keep away from open flame.
  • Use only in a well-ventilated area.
  • Never use oil based products, such as:
    • Vaseline;
    • Chapstick;
    • Oily lotions or creams.

Troubleshooting - no oxygen flowing from nasal cannula:

  • Check for Loose tubing connections;
  • Check for Loose humidifier jar,;
  • Check for Bubbles in humidifier or place nasal cannula in glass of water and check for bubbles;
  • Cylinder is turned off.
  • Cylinder is empty.
  • Liter flow has been turned off.

Call your oxygen provider's office (telephone number provided in your Customer Information Handbook) if you have problems or questions.

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