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Warnings after e-cigarette charger causes fire

WARNINGS have been given by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service after an e-cigarette charging device started a minor fire in a man’s home.

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The man from Wythenshawe purchased the charging device from a local outdoor stall in Wythenshawe town centre market.

Later that afternoon whilst charging his e-cigarette he heard a loud banging noise. Upon inspection he found the device had caught fire whilst plugged in on his kitchen worktop.

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The gentleman managed to tackle the minor fire without fire service intervention but reported the incident to us later. Luckily no flammable materials were close to the device when it exploded.

More and more faulty E-cigarettes and related accessories are being sold in the UK, and it’s important you follow the official government safety guidelines if you’re planning on purchasing one of the items:

  • Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully
  • Take notice of any warnings provided with the product
  • Ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for long periods of time
  • Do not leave e-cigarettes plugged in overnight or when you are out of the house
  • Look for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety Standards
  • Do not overload plug sockets
  • Check that your electrical products have not been recalled
  • Avoid buying counterfeit or substandard goods
  • Switch off appliances at the socket when not in use

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The occupier has spoken to the Wythenshawe Market Centre managers who advised him to contact the Fire Service and said they are happy to comply with our guidance.

If you’d like to learn more about the government guidance on e-cigarette safety you can read about it HERE.

We would also like to clarify that the gentleman was incredibly lucky tackling the fire himself. If you have a fire in your home it’s not worth the risk, we advise you get out as quickly as possible and call 999.

Last update: 30/01/2017 16:36:50
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