Is there increased fire danger with Live/Extreme oxygen products?


Oxygen fires are a the­atri­cal cre­ation. Oxygen by itself does not burn. Oxygen is an accel­er­ant and will make a fire burn faster once it starts.

Our prod­ucts uti­lize two phys­i­cal ele­ments which do not increase fire haz­ard:

  • An Air Compressor. LiveO2 and ExtremeO2 sys­tems push air through a mol­e­c­u­lar fil­ter made of tiny sand called zeo­lite. This process occurs at low tem­per­a­tures, and is dri­ven by an elec­tric air com­pres­sor. There is no high tem­per­a­ture in the sys­tem. Oxygen comes out a tube. If you feel the oxy­gen tem­per­a­ture, it is about the same as the room air. The exhaust, with low­er oxy­gen runs about 15 degrees warmer than room air.
  • A Reservoir.  The reser­voir is a dual lay­er flex­i­ble mate­r­i­al. Rich oxy­gen, cap­tive inside, is iso­lat­ed from all fuels. Artificially caus­ing a spark inside the reser­voir pro­duces no fire, as there is no fuel to burn. Outside the reser­voir, there is only nor­mal room air, so the fire risk is no greater than nor­mal.

If you want to test the effect, fill a ziplock bag with oxy­gen then light it. After the fire melts a hole in the ziplock bag, oxy­gen begins to spill out the hole. At the bound­ary, the spilling oxy­gen accel­er­ates plas­tic burn to cre­ate a grow­ing hole. In a few moments, the enlarged hole dis­pers­es remain­ing oxy­gen, and the accel­er­ant, oxy­gen, dis­si­pates, then the fire goes out.

You end up with a ziplock bag with a larg­er hole than you would have got if you held the match to the bag as the escap­ing oxy­gen accel­er­at­ed plas­tic com­bus­tion long enough to cause a big­ger hole.

According to “movie” spe­cial effects, the ziplock bag would imme­di­ate­ly burst into flames.

There are three ele­ments required for com­bus­tion:

  • Fuel
  • Oxygen — in the air at 20% all around us
  • Ignition

Fuel and oxy­gen exist all around us. Modern sys­tems are designed to avoid igni­tion.