Recently, the number of people using e-cigarettes has risen dramatically. According to Electrical Safety First, around 2.1 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes.
While e-cigarettes are arguably safer than regular cigarettes, they still have their dangers. They can be a potential fire hazard and injure users and other people.
If you want to use e-cigarettes but are worried about the hazards, follow these 6 tips to keep yourself and those around you safe.
1. Don’t leave charging e-cigarettes unattended
If you have an e-cigarette, make sure you don’t leave it charging unattended. This could be overnight or while you’re asleep or in the shower. You run the risk of leaving it to charge too long, which means it could overheat. An e-cigarette that is overheating or left charging unattended is a fire hazard and should be avoided.
2. Keep your e-cigarette away from children
As with all electrical devices, you should keep your e-cigarette away from children. They can be a fire and safety hazard if they’re misused.
3. Follow charging instructions
The manufacturer’s instructions that come with your e-cigarette will say clearly what batteries you need to use and/or what charging voltage to use. Make sure you follow these instructions. And if you buy a charger separately to your e-cigarette, make sure you get the type the instructions specify. Charging your e-cigarette with the wrong voltage could cause to malfunction or overheat.
4. Pay attention to any product warnings
Another tip is to make sure you read any warnings that come with your e-cigarette. These will advise you against things like over-tightening the screwed connection to the rechargeable battery. Ignoring manufacturer warnings can cause mechanical damage that can lead to malfunctioning or overheating.
5. Don’t keep loose batteries in confined spaces
It’s not a good idea to keep loose e-cigarette batteries in confined spaces like pockets or draws, particularly if they have metal items like keys and coins in them. Doing this could create a fire hazard.
6. Make sure your e-cigarette complies with safety standards
Before you buy or use an e-cigarette you need to make sure that it complies with European safety standards. You can tell whether it does by whether it has a CE mark on it. E-cigarettes that don’t have this mark could be potential fire hazards.