E-cigarettes - fire safety tips

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods

  • Do not mix components of different e-cigarettes

  • Only use the charger supplied

  • Ensure you purchase your e-cigarette from a reputable source

  • Check the e-cigarette carries CE certification

  • Test your smoke alarm regularly

  • Contact Trading Standards over any e-cigarette safety concerns

Safety alert - exploding e-cigarettes

A nationwide alert has been issued warning of the dangers of fires caused by exploding e-cigarette chargers.

More than 100 fires have been blamed on the devices over the past two years.

Many blazes are taking place because some e-cigarette smokers are not using compatible chargers. This means too much current goes into the batteries, causing overheating, and then explosion, with battery material shooting metres out and causing a fire if it lands on anything combustible.

Cases that have emerged recently:

  • e-cigarette chargers have included an e-cigarette user in Merseyside who popped out of his flat, returning to discover plumes of smoke pouring from his home after a charger exploded and set the kitchen ablaze.

  • In another case, a 62-year-old man died after an e-cigarette battery on charge exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he was believed to have been using.

How to charge e-cigarettes safely

  • Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer's instructions

  • Never charge a battery that has been damaged, dropped or struck

  • Never plug a charger into a non-approved mains power transformer

  • Check your battery has overcharge or overheat protection

  • Don't overcharge. Remove the battery from charge when complete

  • Never leave a charging battery unattended

  • Don't use if wet

  • Do not overtighten the atomiser when connecting it to the charger

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

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Book a home safety check

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

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