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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Program Aimed to Reduce Fire Risk for Medical Oxygen Users

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In conjunction with the National Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, “Getting Ahead of the Call”, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is launching a prevention program aimed at reducing risk and injury to home medical oxygen users. The program is a state-wide program that targets medical home oxygen users with the goal of reducing home fire fatalities. A recent study of Wyoming fire data shows that over 70% of Wyoming residential fire fatalities were in homes that used medical oxygen.

Thermal barriers, devices that sense heat and shut down oxygen flow, will be supplied to any home medical oxygen user by fire department staff.

“Installing thermal barriers in the oxygen lines for home medical oxygen users greatly reduces the risk of injury and catastrophic fire in the home,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Marshal Kathy Clay. “We believe lives will be saved through this program.”

For more information on the thermal barriers, please visit the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS webpage at: http://www.tetonwyo.org/149/Jackson-Hole-FireEMS-Department . A form can be completed online to request the free thermal barrier installation at:  https://tetoncountywyo.formstack.com/forms/home_medical_oxygen_installation.

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