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Old 11-20-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default How can an oxygen tank catch on fire?

I know smoking a cigarette or having a candle burn can cause a fire, but what else could have caused this fire?

HARRISON TWP. — A woman was taken to the hospital with injuries from an apartment fire at the Riverside Apartments, 4049 Iddings Court. The fire was caused when an oxygen tank caught fire at 4:50 a.m., Friday, Nov. 20.

Sgt. Bodine of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said fire fighters weren’t at the scene long, but no other information about the damage or injuries was available at this time.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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I assume that if someone is actually using the tank (wearing the face thingy) and smoking a cigarette, that might not cause damage. Maybe she was stupid enough to light a match to her cigarette (if she was smoking) while oxygen was blowing through her nose tubes. That might do it.

That just sounds strange.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:11 AM   #3
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Maybe she had faulty equipment that caused a spark and set it off.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:32 AM   #4
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Oxygen can catch on fire if it contacts carbon, oils from your hands, skin flakes, etc. Until it dilutes it is very combustable. The tank should be assembled by Oxygen Certifide personal with certifide equipment. That is how we do it on Airplanes
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Static electricity, cellphones, etc.

If you smoke while on oxygen the tank will very likely explode in your face.

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Exactly Sal Monella
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:45 AM   #7
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The question isn't "how can an oxygen catch on fire?" It should be "what do you have to do to keep it from catching on fire?" Flame, sparks, even a malfunctioning light switch can set one off if its close enough.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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neighbor used her oxygen (cannula) and smoked; fell asleep and put her house on fire. she lived. when the firemen came, i told them she had oxygen on in the house. they were appreciative.
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Mike, how does it work when a passenger needs to carry oxygen with them on a plane?
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I know with MIL if she needed oxygen for a flight there was only one type of portable system available that was allowed by FAA. I don't think it was really a tank, but more an oxygen condenser or something that took available oxygen from the air and concentrated it. But since she can go without oxygen for hours at a time we just rented the equipment fir her to have here when she arrived.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:49 AM   #11
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Pipsterdoo,
The airplanes now have Oxygen Generators in the compartment above your head. When the masked are deployed the generator is engaged. There is a chemical reaction inside the canister that creates oxygen. There are different sizes depending on the time requirerments. They get pretty hot during the process.
This can be automaticly deployed or manually.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:52 AM   #12
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http://www.basaaviation.com/images/generatorenusa.jpg
These are the ones I deal with at work.
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A few weeks back there was an elderly couple that died in their home from his oxygen tank exploding. House caught fire as a result. Even though they knew who the people were they had to do dental records to make sure.
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