Warning after e-cigarette sparks blaze

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WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is warning people not to leave e-cigarettes on charge for long periods of time following a recent fire in Devizes.

Firefighters from Devizes and Melksham were called to a house in Awdry Road on Saturday after a neighbour reported seeing smoke.

Crews found there had been a small fire in the kitchen, caused by an electronic cigarette battery charger.

Group manager Kathy Collis, from the community safety department, said: “E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular and, with more people using the devices, we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country.

“As such, we need to make sure that people know how to charge them safely.

“The family in this property were very lucky that the fire was reported and dealt with before the situation became a lot worse.

“We would urge people never to leave their e-cigarette on charge while they are away from the house or asleep, and to always read the safety advice enclosed in the packaging to reduce the risk of a fire.”

She added: “Our advice for e-cigarettes is the same as for many smaller electrical appliances, such as mobile phones and laptops – don’t be tempted to buy cheap unbranded chargers, don’t leave them to charge whilst you are out of the house or asleep, and keep them well away from flammable materials.”

For further home fire safety advice, visit www.wiltsfire.gov.uk/yoursafety.

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9:31pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Vulgar habbitt in all its forms
Vulgar habbitt in all its forms Sandor Clegane
  • Score: -3

10:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Robh says...

They'll say anything to try to stop people using them.

"we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country".

How many exactly? They ban them because they set fire alarms off. Where and when?

It is all because they are not taxed so like cannabis they have to be banned.
They'll say anything to try to stop people using them. "we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country". How many exactly? They ban them because they set fire alarms off. Where and when? It is all because they are not taxed so like cannabis they have to be banned. Robh
  • Score: 2

8:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

scottwichall says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Vulgar habbitt in all its forms
If you are going to come out with such an opinionated statement, at least learn to spell first.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: Vulgar habbitt in all its forms[/p][/quote]If you are going to come out with such an opinionated statement, at least learn to spell first. scottwichall
  • Score: 0

8:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

scottwichall says...

Robh wrote:
They'll say anything to try to stop people using them.

"we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country".

How many exactly? They ban them because they set fire alarms off. Where and when?

It is all because they are not taxed so like cannabis they have to be banned.
The reality is that the number of fires / accidents caused by faulty e-cigarette chargers is very small, considerably less than those caused by dodgy laptop/mobile phone chargers etc.

People need to learn and understand that you should never leave an battery charging unattended, no matter what device it's in.

Always buy batteries and chargers from reputable sources for any device, its just not worth the risk to buy poor quality tat on ebay or down the car boot sale. Although LiPo and Lithium Ion battery technologies are very safe, just be careful and aware of what can happen with these products.

Unusually for a mainstream media story, at least this one isn't trying to put people off using e-cigarettes, these devices are quite frankly life savers that are terrifying some of the dinosaurs in the Public Health and Tobacco Control industries.

They are also sending cold shivers down the spines of the executives in the big Pharma companies as unlike their completely ineffective NRT products, e-cigarettes actually work to stop people smoking (even if they cannot be described as such).
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: They'll say anything to try to stop people using them. "we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country". How many exactly? They ban them because they set fire alarms off. Where and when? It is all because they are not taxed so like cannabis they have to be banned.[/p][/quote]The reality is that the number of fires / accidents caused by faulty e-cigarette chargers is very small, considerably less than those caused by dodgy laptop/mobile phone chargers etc. People need to learn and understand that you should never leave an battery charging unattended, no matter what device it's in. Always buy batteries and chargers from reputable sources for any device, its just not worth the risk to buy poor quality tat on ebay or down the car boot sale. Although LiPo and Lithium Ion battery technologies are very safe, just be careful and aware of what can happen with these products. Unusually for a mainstream media story, at least this one isn't trying to put people off using e-cigarettes, these devices are quite frankly life savers that are terrifying some of the dinosaurs in the Public Health and Tobacco Control industries. They are also sending cold shivers down the spines of the executives in the big Pharma companies as unlike their completely ineffective NRT products, e-cigarettes actually work to stop people smoking (even if they cannot be described as such). scottwichall
  • Score: 1

9:01am Fri 8 Aug 14

scottwichall says...

Arghhh, spelling mistake on a mobile device... (after I criticised someone else)
Arghhh, spelling mistake on a mobile device... (after I criticised someone else) scottwichall
  • Score: 1

10:01am Fri 8 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Vulgar habbitt in all its forms
Haha, if you're going to clone my account, at least use correct spelling.

Seriously, is your life really THAT dull, boring and devoid of anything of interest that you choose to spend it cloning my account and wasting your time posting misspelled drivel?

I feel very sorry for your wife.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: Vulgar habbitt in all its forms[/p][/quote]Haha, if you're going to clone my account, at least use correct spelling. Seriously, is your life really THAT dull, boring and devoid of anything of interest that you choose to spend it cloning my account and wasting your time posting misspelled drivel? I feel very sorry for your wife. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 1

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