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Electrical Safety Council issues guidance on charging e-cigarettes safely

The Electrical Safety Council is issuing advice to users of e-cigarettes following a number of reports of chargers exploding whilst in use. 

The Charity, along with the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), has today (5 March) issued the following guidance for charging e-cigarettes whilst they look more closely at the problem: 

  • Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully 
  • Heed any warnings supplied with the product 
  • Ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for long periods of time 
  • Do not leave e-cigarettes plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house 
  • Look for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards 

Phil Buckle, Director-General of the Electrical Safety Council said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about incidents involving e-cigarette chargers. Whilst these might be isolated incidents, we are receiving more and more reports of the chargers exploding whilst in use. By following these simple steps people can help to protect themselves, their families and their property against any potential risks”. 

Jane MacGregor, TSI joint lead officer for health, added: “We strongly advise users of e-cigarettes to follow the instructions provided, take heed of any manufacturer warnings and look for the CE mark on chargers”. 

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Ben Stokes | Media Relations Executive | Electrical Safety Council 
Unit 331 Great Guildford Business Square | 30 Great Guildford Street | London | SE1 0HS 
Office: 0203 463 5129 | Mob: 07866702069 | Email: ben.stokes@esc.org.uk 
 
DATE: 5 March 2014