Fire service warns people not to smoke while on oxygen

The Bolton News: Fire service warns people not to smoke while on oxygen Fire service warns people not to smoke while on oxygen

THE fire service is urging people not to smoke while hooked up to an oxygen cylinder after a woman suffered burns while lighting up.

The incident that prompted the warning happened in Manchester at about 1pm this afternoon.

The 60-year-old suffered burns to her face, hair and airway after lighting a cigarette and was taken to North Manchester General Hospital.

Station manager John Lake said: "These cylinders pump out oxygen which is five times purer than the air we breathe and with 100 per cent oxygen still pumping out as she tried to light the cigarette, it burst into flames.

"Burns to the airways can be very serious indeed, sadly I have been to three or four of these types of incidents recently, so please, if you have family members who smoke and are on oxygen, please tell them to stop, it's just not worth the risk."

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5:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Garys987 says...

How bloody stupid. Not understanding what might happen when flames meet oxygen is one thing, but carrying on smoking when your lungs are so knackered that you need to be on oxygen is crazy.
How bloody stupid. Not understanding what might happen when flames meet oxygen is one thing, but carrying on smoking when your lungs are so knackered that you need to be on oxygen is crazy. Garys987

6:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jus' visitin says...

Garys987 wrote:
How bloody stupid. Not understanding what might happen when flames meet oxygen is one thing, but carrying on smoking when your lungs are so knackered that you need to be on oxygen is crazy.
I couldn't agree more. How mad is that? You just couldn't make it up could you?
[quote][p][bold]Garys987[/bold] wrote: How bloody stupid. Not understanding what might happen when flames meet oxygen is one thing, but carrying on smoking when your lungs are so knackered that you need to be on oxygen is crazy.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. How mad is that? You just couldn't make it up could you? jus' visitin

6:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

aardwolf says...

Darwin award nominee.
Darwin award nominee. aardwolf

6:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

aardwolf wrote:
Darwin award nominee.
I'll second that.
medical oxygen comes with a lot of warnings both written and verbal, she chose to ignore them.
[quote][p][bold]aardwolf[/bold] wrote: Darwin award nominee.[/p][/quote]I'll second that. medical oxygen comes with a lot of warnings both written and verbal, she chose to ignore them. mr.mark.c

6:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Andyroost says...

What a waste of Oxygen and Health Service, why put someone on oxygen who will undue the effect without a thought, this hospital service could have been better used, People out there deserve Healthcare and this person to me doesn't qualify.
What a waste of Oxygen and Health Service, why put someone on oxygen who will undue the effect without a thought, this hospital service could have been better used, People out there deserve Healthcare and this person to me doesn't qualify. Andyroost

9:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

marco999 says...

It pretty much beggars belief that someone who needs oxygen for a medical condition continues to smoke. Stupid woman.
It pretty much beggars belief that someone who needs oxygen for a medical condition continues to smoke. Stupid woman. marco999

9:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

davidjb says...

its as if they think theyre being treated for the effects of their smoking so they can smoke longer
its as if they think theyre being treated for the effects of their smoking so they can smoke longer davidjb

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