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article imageE-cigarettes leading to fires in the U.K., averaging one per week

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 3, 2014 in Health
E-cigarettes haven't been around so long and while some stats suggest they are a healthier choice for those who smoke, other stats show them to still be a fire hazard. In the U.K., they would seem to be causing about a fire each and every week now.
The Telegraph reported on Freedom of Information stats recently released and those stats suggest fires related to e-cigarettes are becoming common. In the U.K., as of 2013, some 2.1 million Brits were smoking e-cigarettes.
Forty-three fire services from around the country reported data and compiling it shows that since 2012 e-cigarettes have become a fire danger. Since that year 113 fires have been started in one way or other by e-cigarette usage and U.K. fire chiefs are issuing warnings.
Here's a breakdown: in 2012 they were in some way a cause of eight fires; in 2013 e-cigarettes were in some way a cause in 43 fires and while 2014 hasn't yet closed out, already they've been a cause of 62 fires.
The main cause of the fires is users going to power up devices by mistakenly connecting it to the wrong charger. This is especially dangerous as often a user will connect the device to the charger upon going to bed and be unaware of what is occurring. There has been one death in the U.K. attributed to a fire caused by an e-cigarette and it was a problem that occurred while charging the device that caused it.
E-cigarettes are often found to explode when plugged into the wrong charger or into, as some have tried, a laptop or a computer. A man who knows about the dangers of electrical fires said that e-cigarette related fires are entirely preventable.
"Fires caused by charging e-cigarettes are a growing problem and we are becoming increasingly concerned about them," Martyn Allen of Electrical Safety First told media. "People buy cheap or incompatible chargers for many reasons - often to save a few pounds - but you have to ask whether this is worth risking lives for."
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