E-cigarettes could be dangerous fire hazard

E-cigarettes are becoming a popular alternative to tobacco, but we must be mindful of the risks associated from a fire perspective. 

A recent press release from the Chief Fire officers association highlighted some safety tips on charging e-cigarettes following an incident where a man in Merseyside tragically lost his life

E-cigarette users are advised by the CFOA to follow these safety tips when charging:

  • Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Never charge a battery that has signs of damage, that has been dropped, or has been subjected to impact
  • Never plug a charger into a non-approved mains power transformer
  • Check that your e-cigarette battery has overcharge or overheat protection
  • Remove the battery from charge when complete – don’t over charge
  • Never leave a battery on charge unattended
  • Don’t use if wet or exposed to water
  • Do not over tighten the atomiser or when connecting to charger
  • Ensure that you dispose of batteries correctly.

 If you are unsure on any items and need some advice please don’t hesitate to contact the Fire FM team on 01582 668500

Ref: http://www.cfoa.org.uk/18112