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



Armin Staudt

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.

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