Home Oxygen Storage Safety

Updated June 13, 2017

Proper storage of home oxygen is important to avoid fuelling a fire. Oxygen tanks are under high pressure. Damage to a tank caused by a simple accident---like knocking the tank over---can trigger the cylinder to shoot across the room erratically, causing serious injury or property damage.

Storage Space

Store oxygen containers upright in a well-ventilated area, not in a small closet or trunk. Take steps to ensure the oxygen containers will not get knocked over accidentally. If travelling with oxygen supplies, store oxygen tanks upright in a car rather than in the boot.


Forbid smoking around oxygen supplies. Inform people verbally and with a posted "No Smoking" sign to prevent anyone from smoking near the person using the oxygen and the oxygen supplies.


Avoid storing flammable items or fabric and paper near the oxygen supplies. Flammable items include aerosols, oil, grease, alcohol and cleaning products.


Place a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher near the area where oxygen supplies are stored. Check the batteries in the smoke detector monthly.


Keep heat sources like candles or space heaters at least five feet from oxygen supplies. Don't allow people to use items that may create a spark, like toys with electric motors and hairdryers, around oxygen supplies.

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Since 2008, Jennifer S. Wright has written articles on a variety of topics including parenting concerns, medical conditions and nursing issues. Her articles have appeared in "LPN" magazine as well as on various online publications. An LVN since graduating from Weatherford College in 2005, Wright has taken care of elderly, pediatric and obstetric patients in hospital and home health care settings.