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Warning over e-cigarette charging dangers

28th January 2015 Help & Advice, Nottingham County Council Tags: , 0 Comments

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The number of people using electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically in recent years, but the rise in use has also seen a rise in safety concerns.

Complaints

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards has received complaints about incidents involving e-cigarette batteries and chargers. These include reports of them overheating or exploding whilst in use.

Over 70 percent of the complaints made about e-cigarettes to councils in the East Midlands region have been about safety issues.

Warning

 Residents are being warned about the potential dangers when charging e-cigarettes and how they can keep themselves safe.

As well as unsafe products being sold, there are also concerns that people are not using products that are compatible with each other, are not reading instructions on how to charge the products safely and are leaving them unattended while they are charging.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “E-cigarettes may be popular, but please don’t put your safety at risk.

“We have had reports of exploding e-cigarettes exploding and we want both consumers and retailers to be vigilant to prevent further accidents occurring.

“It’s important to make sure consumers have access to clear safety advice to minimise the risks from over-charging or using incompatible products. We advise people to purchase e-cigarettes and associated products from reputable and trustworthy suppliers.”

Advice

Residents can avoid many of the dangers by following this simple advice:

Only use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette.

Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully – battery capacities and charging voltages vary according to manufacturer so it is important to check you are using the correct charger

Heed any warnings supplied with the product.

Over-tightening of the screwed connection to the rechargeable battery can result in mechanical damage which can in turn create heat problems and possible failure

Ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for longer than required

Do not leave e-cigarettes plugged in overnight or unattended

Look for the CE mark that indicates the charger complies with European Safety standards

Do not store e-cigarettes or liquids within reach of children or petsIf you swallow liquid nicotine or it comes in contact with your skin, seek medical attention. This can potentially be fatal

Residents who have purchased a product that you have concerns about please let Trading Standards know by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Stopping smoking

Anyone wanting to stop smoking can contact their local stop smoking service through their GP or community pharmacy or through New Leaf on 0800 389 7712 or text ‘leaf’ free to 80800 for Nottinghamshire residents outside of Bassetlaw, or 0800 3288 553 for the Bassetlaw Stop Smoking Service.

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