U.S. Fire Administration Reports 195 Cases of E-Cigarette Explosions
UNITED STATES – According to a news story published online by wilx.com, the U.S. Fire Administration has received 195 reports of e-cigarette explosions in the United States. These were reported between 2009 and 2016, and the majority of them resulted in injuries.*
Reports regarding e-cigarette explosions have increased in recent years, as the devices have become more popular. In the last two years, two people have reportedly died from e-cigarette explosions.
“It’s the battery itself that we’re concerned about from a safety perspective,” said U.S. Fire Administrator Keith Bryant. “Lithium-ion batteries because of their composition and the way that they do generate power, [they] do tend to generate a lot of heat as well.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that e-cigarettes operate on batteries and work by heating up a liquid made of flavoring and nicotine (though not all vape pens contain nicotine) that creates a vapor that can be inhaled. The batteries are lithium-ion, like one would see in a cell phone, and they are in the shape of a small cylinder.
Bryant says that while the batteries themselves can pose a hazard, many cases of explosions are due to improper use of the devices or batteries.
“A lot of the cases where we’ve seen an explosion or misuse of this equipment, is because they used a charging device that wasn’t made for that specific device,” Bryant said. “Don’t use these devices or place these devices on heated surfaces. Don’t have these devices around flammable materials or combustible materials such as clothing.”
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