Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has issued a warning in response to a large number of fires they have attended involving e-cigarettes.
Following Investigations, it was found that the majority of these fires were caused by the failure of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery whilst it was on charge.
There are a number of reasons why lithium-ion batteries can fail, such as overcharging, physical damage, poor manufacture and the use of incompatible charging methods or devices.
The following guidance was issued by the ‘Chief Fire Officers Association’ following a serious fire caused by the failure of an e-cigarette battery:
Users of e-cigarettes are encouraged to purchase specialist fire retardant charging bags which can be bought for as little as £5.00 from retailers (shown below). It is advised that these bags should be used whenever e-cigarette batteries are being recharged. The bags are deigned to contain the battery and charger whilst on charge.