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Why do suppliers of compressed oxygen warn their customers to refrain from lubricating the values, regulaters, gauges, and fittings associated with oxygen storage containers?

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Why do suppliers of compressed oxygen warn their customers to refrain from lubricating the valves, regulaters, gauges, and fittings associated with oxygen storage containers?

This warning is meant to reduce the risk of explosion/spontaneous combustion. By itself, oxygen is a harmless gas; it is not flammable and poses no risk of combustion. However, it supports the spontaneous combustion of other flammable materials. The majority of materials - and in particular petroleum-based materials such as most lubricants - become drastically more flammable when in the ...

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The expert determines why lubrication on oxygen tanks are used.

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