The injuries that result from these fires can affect the individual's already compromised airway. The fires can also injure friends, family and caregivers that may be present at the time of the fire. Dr. Joseph Pulito of Legacy Oregon Burn Center has seen many of these cases over the years. Dr. Pulito states, "These fires are preventable." Do not smoke while on home oxygen therapy. Legacy Health provides smoking cessation classes. For more information please go to: http://www.legacyhealth.org/health-services-and-information/wellness-and-prevention/trying-to-quit-smoking.aspx
The most recent fire caused by home oxygen therapy and smoking occurred at the Henry Building, 309 SW 4th Avenue, on April 8, 2013. This fire caused $3,500 worth of damage and affected numerous residents in the building due to water damage.
Portland Fire & Rescue and Legacy Oregon Burn Center want to urge you to help stop these tragedies by not allowing the people you care about to smoke while on home oxygen therapy. These fires are preventable.
Lt. Rich Chatman PIO, Media pgr. 503-940-6003