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#4643048 - 01/22/18 02:47 PM Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire
Pajero Offline


Registered: 05/05/12
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Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
Headline says it all! Probably on welfare assistance, while smoking cancer sticks......Several people close to me have died because of cancer causing cigarettes......cancer sucks!

Smoking while medical O2



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#4643075 - 01/22/18 03:04 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17765
Loc: PNW
Just goes to show how addictive cigarette are. Smokers will still smoke no matter what, even if it means blowing themselves up while doing it.

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#4643081 - 01/22/18 03:09 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: The Motor City
The same thing happened to a fighter pilot once. The pilot was alternating between breathing through the mask and puffing away. It ended badly.

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#4643086 - 01/22/18 03:11 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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My great-grandma used to do that, my grandpa would yell at her "Would you quit smoking while on oxygen!? You're gonna blow us all up!"
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#4643094 - 01/22/18 03:20 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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It happens in hospitals more often than you would think. Addicts would smoke crack that was brought in by visitors while on oxygen, or grass smokers who couldn’t stand to not have one.

Not only does the resulting fire endanger the patient but everyone else. At discharge the police will be waiting with cuffs.
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#4643095 - 01/22/18 03:20 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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The oxygen doesn't explode. Oxygen makes other materials in vicinity much easier to ignite IF there is a source of ignition.
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#4643104 - 01/22/18 03:24 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
SubieRubyRoo Offline


Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1125
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
Yep there's a HUGE difference between an oxidizer and a flammable gas. Hydrogen would have exploded... cue video of the Hindenburg.

The compressed, high percentage oxygen mix basically turns the cigarette into a cutting torch. smile

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#4643116 - 01/22/18 03:35 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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Registered: 12/26/05
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Loc: Upper Midwest
The higher the local concentration of oxygen the more vigorous the combustion. In a high concentration environment stuff that normally just burns will explode, and stuff that wouldn't otherwise burn at all will ignite. The only thing worse is when the oxygen is under pressure as was the case for the Apollo 1 astronauts.

I always remember the high school chemistry experiment where you put a smoldering wood applicator stick into a test tube of oxygen, that was a good illustration of what happens.
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#4643147 - 01/22/18 04:13 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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Registered: 08/14/03
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Having worked around medical and industrial grade oxygen plants for the majority of my working life, I've grown to greatly respect oxygen in high concentration. Concrete will burn like wood, as will metals in a pure O2 atmosphere. Concrete blast walls have to be built around O2 compression equipment and big, thick aluminum enclosures cover liquid O2 pumping equipment. Makes this stuff a bear to work on, but it's there for our protection.
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#4643153 - 01/22/18 04:21 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: SubieRubyRoo]
ZeeOSix Offline


Registered: 07/22/10
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Loc: PNW
Originally Posted By: SubieRubyRoo
The compressed, high percentage oxygen mix basically turns the cigarette into a cutting torch. smile


Super charges the tobacco hit ... LOL.

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#4643169 - 01/22/18 04:41 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21180
Loc: Orlando, FL
It happens during surgery when ESU ignites oxygen from anesthesia mask.

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#4643279 - 01/22/18 06:55 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7475
Loc: S California
If someone is already smoking and does it of their own free will you're starting at a deficit. They'll find an excuse to keep smoking. For many, the need is impossible to resist. They lack the willpower and maybe the intelligence to just quit. Adding medical oxygen is a first class ticket to real trouble. They don't see pure oxygen as what the military calls a force multiplier. No respect until something happens.

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#4643290 - 01/22/18 07:03 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39846
Loc: 'Stralia
Back in 1994/5, I was adminsitering a contract that included stripping asbestos from a boiler. Whole area encapsulated in a (flammable) double layer of plastic, neg-air units, the whole lot.

A guy was found smoking inside the asbestos area (dumb), having burned a hole through his disposable dust mask to insert the ciggy.

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#4643324 - 01/22/18 07:23 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Pajero]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX


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#4643519 - 01/22/18 10:36 PM Re: Smoking while on medical oxygen causes fire [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 1975
Loc: Upper Midwest by the Lakes USA
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
It happens during surgery when ESU ignites oxygen from anesthesia mask.

What is ESU?

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