How A Common E-Cig Mistake Turned Deadly
Tragedy made the headlines this week as 62-year-old David Thomson was found dead in his Wallasey home. Investigators believe he died after a charging e-cig exploded, setting fire to his oxygen equipment. Local Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) responded to the incident, but the fire had already gone out when they arrived.
After finding Thomson deceased in the living room, fire fighters began to investigate the cause of the explosion. “The subsequent fire investigation identified that an e-cigarette that had been charging in the bedroom exploded, caught fire and ignited the oxygen tube of an oxygen concentrator, which may have been in use by the occupier,” said MFRS spokesman.
An area manager for MFRS was the first to reveal the likely cause of the ecig explosion. “The investigation into the cause of this fire is continuing but at this stage it is thought that the charging deice being used at the time may not have been the one supplied with the e-cigarette,” he explained.
Unfortunately, this is a far too common event for vapers. Many will use any charger that fits to charge their e-cig batteries, but this can be a deadly mistake. “We urge people to always use electrical equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and guidance, always ensure that no electrical items are left charging overnight or left unattended for a long period when being charged, and do not mix parts from different e-cigarettes,” said the MFRS manager.
Merseyside fire and rescue have seen an increasing number of accidents related to vaping. In fact, since January, they have responded to nine different fire calls that involved electronic cigarettes. After this week’s tragic death of David Thomson, local officials are urging the growing population of vapers to use common sense with their devices. “Only use the original charger or electrical cables supplied and ensure you purchase electrical items from a reputable source,” they explained.
We have seen other accounts of exploding ecigs in the past and all of them involved people using self-made mods or chargers that were not approved by the manufacturer. Even if your iPad charger fits your ecig battery, don’t use it. These chargers are directly designed for the devices they come with and it’s never safe to mix and match. Additionally, make sure you unplug your battery and the charger when it is done charging. Don’t plug it in and then leave it overnight or while you are out to work. Follow the manufacturer’s directions at all times. You can prevent fires, explosions, and even deaths if you abide by these basic rules for using your ecig.
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