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(New York Daily News)   The first rule of medical oxygen cylinders is don't smoke aroBOOM   (nydailynews.com) divider line 23
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2013-02-14 12:18:41 AM  
What? Again?
 
2013-02-14 12:22:53 AM  
Second time this week.
 
2013-02-14 12:24:36 AM  
It takes a special kind of stupid. I lived below a couple who smoked with oxygen in the house. Terrifying, every day.

/csb
 
2013-02-14 12:25:06 AM  
Looks like they picked the wrong week to quit smoking.
 
2013-02-14 12:25:50 AM  
Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.
 
2013-02-14 12:26:28 AM  
"Alright, please, move on! Nothing to see here in this repeat thread, please disperse! Nothing to see here, PLEASE!"

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2013-02-14 12:27:22 AM  
I have to admit that I still have difficulty believing people can be this stupid.
 
2013-02-14 12:27:26 AM  
Sometimes it works out...

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2013-02-14 12:27:49 AM  
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/hot like an inflammable air tank
 
2013-02-14 12:29:13 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Looks like they picked the wrong week to quit smoking.


It wasn't the timing -- it was the method they used.  They should have tried using the patch instead.
 
2013-02-14 12:30:31 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Looks like they picked the wrong week to quit smoking.


sad part is it wasn;t them.. it was their retarded passenger.
 
2013-02-14 12:30:34 AM  

Bob Down: Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.


Sounds like a great science experiment, go run some tests and get back to us on that.
 
2013-02-14 12:32:11 AM  

Bob Down: Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.


It's called the fire triangle.  The more you have of one, the less you need of the others.  The cabin of the vehicle was filled with an oxygen-rich atmosphere and somebody flicked their Bic.  Boom!  I imagine that's what the initial explosion was.  The article indicates there was a second explosion which was probably the tank itself after it got baked by the fire caused by the initial ignition.
 
2013-02-14 12:36:39 AM  
Yeah you cn use an Oxygen acetylene farking cutting torch around an oxygen bottle ten times the size of a medical bottle and shower it with sparks for decades until you can barely read the gauges and put out your cigarettes on the side of it and it will never explode. Whats up with the medical oxygen bottles? Are they like those hollywood  movie cars that explode in mid air if driven over a cliff?
 
2013-02-14 12:36:59 AM  

Bob Down: Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.


From excess reporter stupidity.

Flash fire, yes.  Explode, no, other than after you heat them enough in the fire.
 
2013-02-14 12:38:06 AM  

mikaloyd: Yeah you cn use an Oxygen acetylene farking cutting torch around an oxygen bottle ten times the size of a medical bottle and shower it with sparks for decades until you can barely read the gauges and put out your cigarettes on the side of it and it will never explode. Whats up with the medical oxygen bottles? Are they like those hollywood  movie cars that explode in mid air if driven over a cliff?


You mean besides the fact that pure oxygen is flowing from a hose into the air around it, of which, only a portion of the oxygen is consumed?
 
2013-02-14 12:42:34 AM  

jtown: Bob Down: Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.

It's called the fire triangle.  The more you have of one, the less you need of the others.  The cabin of the vehicle was filled with an oxygen-rich atmosphere and somebody flicked their Bic.  Boom!  I imagine that's what the initial explosion was.  The article indicates there was a second explosion which was probably the tank itself after it got baked by the fire caused by the initial ignition.


Itts pressure relief disc should have ruptured well before the tank could explode. And the fuel from the butane coming out of a lit bic lighter isnt enough to heat up an oxygen tank appreciably even if lit in an otherwise 100% oxygen atmosphere.
 
2013-02-14 12:43:40 AM  
I enjoyed the look on my kids face when I described the flammable properties of oxygen and hydrogen and how together they make water.

Just yesterday, coincidentally, I was telling my son about the dangers of smoking around an oxygen tank verses a helium tank.  It had to do with a prank pulled on that Betty White show.  A guy sat down, sucked on the gas from the tank he was carrying, talked with the helium voice before lighting a cigarette.  I wanted him to understand why the guy did it safely and why the young woman still ran (she thought it was O2).

/A science lesson a day keeps Darwin away.
//Prayer keeps them steered the right way.
 
2013-02-14 12:46:57 AM  

KangTheMad: mikaloyd: Yeah you cn use an Oxygen acetylene farking cutting torch around an oxygen bottle ten times the size of a medical bottle and shower it with sparks for decades until you can barely read the gauges and put out your cigarettes on the side of it and it will never explode. Whats up with the medical oxygen bottles? Are they like those hollywood  movie cars that explode in mid air if driven over a cliff?

You mean besides the fact that pure oxygen is flowing from a hose into the air around it, of which, only a portion of the oxygen is consumed?


Oxygen isnt fuel. Whether you have 20% Oxygen or 100% oxygen in an atmosphere the energy comes from combining fuel with oxygen. You only get as much energy as you have fuel to combine with the oxygen. In this case a cigarette. Hardly enugh fuel there to do anything.
 
2013-02-14 12:47:53 AM  

mikaloyd: jtown: Bob Down: Maybe somebody can explain to me how smoking around oxygen causes the cylinders to explode.

It's called the fire triangle.  The more you have of one, the less you need of the others.  The cabin of the vehicle was filled with an oxygen-rich atmosphere and somebody flicked their Bic.  Boom!  I imagine that's what the initial explosion was.  The article indicates there was a second explosion which was probably the tank itself after it got baked by the fire caused by the initial ignition.

Itts pressure relief disc should have ruptured well before the tank could explode. And the fuel from the butane coming out of a lit bic lighter isnt enough to heat up an oxygen tank appreciably even if lit in an otherwise 100% oxygen atmosphere.


It's the same way a bugspray flamethrower explodes if you let it go for too long.
 
2013-02-14 12:51:55 AM  
Well then one electrical spark from a wall switch should also blow an oxygen users room to smithereens then if all it takes is an oxygen rich atmosphere and a source of ignition.
 
2013-02-14 12:57:22 AM  

mikaloyd: Well then one electrical spark from a wall switch should also blow an oxygen users room to smithereens then if all it takes is an oxygen rich atmosphere and a source of ignition.


It also depends on the ventilation and level of circulation.
 
2013-02-14 02:53:43 AM  
Grease, oil and some lubricants make high pressure oxygen go boom.
 
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