Please be careful when charging e-cigarettes

Sat 21 Feb, 2015

Firefighters are urging people to take care when charging e-cigarettes following a product recall and an incident in Milton Keynes last week.

Earlier this month, the charity Electrical Safety First announced a recall of the mains adaptor supplied with ClearSmoke e-cigarettes.

Then on Thursday evening, an unknown brand of e-cigarette exploded and caused fire damage to the floor of a house in Newport Road, New Bradwell, while being charged. It had been on charge for between 60 and 90 minutes.

The e-cigarette and USB charger had been bought from a market stall in Central Milton Keynes earlier in the day. They came without a mains adaptor, so the USB was plugged into a mains adaptor from a different kit.

The incident is being investigated by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Milton Keynes Trading Standards.

Firefighters are asking e-cigarette users to remember these safety tips:

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods
  • Do not mix components of different e-cigarette kits
  • Only use the charger supplied
  • Ensure you buy your e-cigarette from a reputable source
  • Check the e-cigarette carries CE (Conformité Européenne) certification
  • Keep them away from other things that can burn easily
  • Keep them away from children
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly
  • Contact Trading Standards on 03454 040506 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) if you have any concerns about an e-cigarette kit you have bought.

See also: Buckinghamshire Trading Standards | Milton Keynes Trading Standards