There are at least two common uses for an Oxygen
(O2) Bottle: medical and welding.
O2 bottles come in various sizes. Some are large for
use in the home, office or care facility. Others are small and
portable. In either case, they need to be filled by
professionals. However, if you require an O2 bottle
to breathe, you might consider learning how long one will last
and then make sure you have an ample supply of them. Even if
you do not now have a portable O2 bottle, you might
consider getting one just in case you need to evacuate in a
hurry. You might even consider securing a set of extra hoses
People who use acetylene to weld usually mix it with
O2. This is pure O2 and it needs to
be treated with care.
O2 bottles are dangerous because they are stored
under a lot of pressure. This means that if they were to be
punctured or their valves were damaged, massive amounts of
pressurized O2 could rapidly escape. This can cause
the tank to become a projectile that could be extremely
Be sure to learn and honor all of the smoking and fire
restrictions that relate to O2 bottles.
O2 itself is not flammable, but it serves as an
accelerant to an existing fire. In other words, it really fans