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E-cigarette charger sparks fire

Two fire engines from Dearne station were called to a fire at a home on Roebuck Chase in Manvers, Rotherham at 8:50pm on Wednesday night.

When crews arrived they found a small fire in the lounge area which was due to an e-cigarette on charge.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.  Luckily no one was injured in the incident.

Fire crews left the scene at 9:30pm.

Head of community safety Trevor Bernard, said: “Fires caused by e-cigarettes are an emerging trend which a few years ago simply did not exist. Whilst e-cigs may offer a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, they are so popular now we do need to make sure people know how to charge them safely.

“The advice for e-cigs is really the same as for many smaller electrical appliances like mobile phones and laptops- don’t be tempted to buy cheap unbranded chargers, don’t leave them to charge whilst you are out of the house or asleep and keep them well away from flammable materials.”

Tips to prevent e-cigarette fires include:

  • charge the device on a flat, solid and stable surface, such as a kitchen worktop
  • keep the device away from flammable or combustible materials when charging
  • never leave the device on a bed or close to soft furnishings, or in a cluttered space
  • don’t exceed the recommended charging time, or leave unattended for any significant length of time

This content was last updated on January 12th, 2017