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11-21-2013 Update on Fire at JC Towers


This afternoon, he was listed in stable condition at Erlanger Medical Center. Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation Division said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental. Captain Moore said Brannon was apparently smoking in bed, while using an oxygen mask.

Smoking while on oxygen is very dangerous because the oxygen makes everything more flammable. It's dangerous for the person smoking, and it's dangerous for everyone else in the building because of the fire hazard. Captain Moore advises anyone on oxygen to avoid all sources of ignition, such as lit cigarettes, candles, lighters, gas stoves, etc.

[Safety Tips]

*The potential for a fire hazard around oxygen is well-known. However, this is sometimes forgotten or overlooked. There are a few simple precautions that can be taken to create a safe home environment when using oxygen.

*Oxygen canisters should be kept at least 5-10 feet away from gas stoves, lighted fireplaces, woodstoves, candles or other sources of open flames.

*Do not use electric razors while using oxygen. (These are a possible source of sparks.)

*Do not use oil, grease or petroleum-based products on the equipment. Do not use it near you while you use oxygen. These materials are highly flammable and will burn readily with the presence of oxygen. Avoid petroleum-based lotions or creams, like Vaseline, on your face or upper chest. Check the ingredients of such products before purchase. If a skin moisturizer is needed, consider using cocoa butter, aloe vera or other similar products. For lubrication or rehydration of dry nasal passages, use water-based products. Your pharmacist or care provider can suggest these.

*Post signs in every room where oxygen is in use. Make sure that absolutely NO SMOKING occurs in the home or in the car when oxygen is in use.

*Secure an oxygen cylinder to a solidly fixed object to avoid creating a missile out of the tank. This might happen if it was accidentally knocked over and gas was allowed to escape.

* Source: WebMD and the COPD Foundation.

 

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