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More than 2.5 million Americans are using E-Cigs, or “Vaping”

(Casper, Wyo.) - The Casper Fire-EMS Department would like to share some safety concerns with the public regarding the use of E-Cigarettes: Casper Fire-EMS has responded to several incidents in the last 6 months due to malfunctioning and exploding E-Cigarettes. One incident involved a significant fire in an apartment building and the others were smaller fires that did not escalate. According to the United States Fire Administration, more than 2.5 million Americans are using E-Cigs, or “Vaping”, and that number is growing rapidly. Although fires and explosions are rare, there is an increased risk of fire if these products aren’t charged appropriately. Most incidents are occurring while these devices are being charged. E-cigs use lithium-ion batteries for a power source. The battery configuration in these devices allows for a weak point at the bottom end of the device. When the batteries fail in these products, they look like a “flaming rocket” for several seconds. Failure occurs when the batteries are over-charged and over-heated, This event can cause serious injury or death and can result in a significant fire. These batteries must be charged according to the manufacturer’s instructions provided when you purchase a device. Use of power sources not approved by the manufacturer can result in an explosion and fire. The use of after-market USB chargers are not recommended unless they meet the specifications of the manufacturer. The Casper Fire-EMS Department encourages the safe charging practices for any E-Cig or vaping device. Never leave the device unattended while charging and do not charge the device while you sleep at night. For more information regarding E-Cig safety visit the United States Fire Administration https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/electronic_cigarettes.pdf . Feature Photo: librakv/Shutterstock/Pitchengine Communities #oilcity #headsup #news