Safety advice issued to e-cigarette users after charger catches fire in Hythe bedroom
PUBLISHED: 12:11 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:11 11 May 2017
Two fire engines were despatched to a two-storey house in Bartholomew Street
Crews are issuing safety advice to e-cigarette users after an unattended charged caught fire in a Hythe bedroom on Wednesday.
Two fire engines were despatched to a two-storey house in Bartholomew Street shortly after 6.30pm and arrived on the scene within minutes.
A breathing apparatus team used a hose reel to extinguish the fire in a first floor bedroom.
Smoke and fumes were cleared from the property with a positive pressure ventilation fan while firefighters continued cutting away and damping down.
Crews ask e-cigarette users to follow these safety tips when charging:
Only use the charger supplied with your e-cigarette;
If no charger is supplied check with the manufacturer for a list of approved chargers;
Read the instructions on how to clean the battery centre pin and charger contact;
Stop charging once it has been fully charged;
Don’t leave it charging overnight, unattended or charging on flammable surfaces such as a bed or sofa;
Don’t over-tighten the battery – especially when charging;
Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly, they can and do save lives.