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Air on the side of caution

Rick Whitford with an oxygen concentrator.
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Grand County has a new non-prescription oxygen rental and delivery service geared toward visitors and locals in need of oxygen. Oxygen to You (or “O22you”) offers oxygen concentrator rentals that can be delivered almost anywhere in East Grand County to help people that have altitude sickness, or want to avoid it. The concentrators supply air that has a higher concentration of oxygen than the norm for Grand County’s elevation.

“People can recover faster from a hard day on the slopes or trails and their headaches, nausea and fatigue can be reduced or avoided altogether,” said Oxygen to You owner Rick Whitford, “Just a short period of time, generally 20-25 minutes morning and evening, hooked up to one of our concentrators can aide in the relief from the symptoms of mild altitude sickness.”

Whitford and his wife Val want to point out their concentrators can help alleviate the symptoms of mild altitude sickness, but they don’t suggest that their devices are appropriate for people suffering from severe altitude sickness or pulmonary edema, which can cause serious injury or be fatal.

“Our concentrators are ideal for people who are feeling unwell due to the altitude and want to avoid the symptoms altogether, but who aren’t so sick they need the care of a physician,” Val said, “Our guests spend countless thousands of dollars here and now can do so without worrying about feeling ill from the effects of altitude sickness.”

Oxygen to You is working with the Winter Park Chamber to provide oxygen for all the musicians at the Jazz Festival this weekend. They will have concentrators back stage and also in the dressing room. This will allow the musicians to have access to oxygen while they are onstage or in between sets. O22you thanks Patrick Brower for assisting in their business plan.


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