Battery Safety: E-cigarettes
Battery Safety. The FDA wants to call e-cigarettes “vape”. I took the liberty of fixing the FDA’s graphic (from here, where you can also report an explosion) above because it is idiotic.
- First, no one purposely places a device in a puddle, in the rain, and allows it to get wet.
- Second, batteries are considered tobacco products, and we’re probably never getting past that.
- Third, their mediocre “tips” are barely enough for you to read or understand.
The press loves a fire.
Practice battery safety!
Each time one of you catches yourself on fire (stop doing that), the press grabs a gas can. “Experts” around the world tweet & snicker with glee.
Under normal manufacturer specifications, millions (if not billions) of batteries are in use every day around the world. From laptops to airplanes, hoverboards to cellphones, technology can be flammable. Batteries in any device can be dangerous. Dr. Russell explained that – a year or more ago here:
Repeat after me
DO NOT carry LOOSE batteries in your POCKETS with keys, coins, or any other metal. Stop doing that. Battery safety and e-cigarettes is important. You’re asking to catch yourself on fire.
From experience in work-related exposure, batteries (primarily CR123 and 12V batteries)
should SHALL be safely encased, taped, covered, transported and handled in a safe manner. If batteries are damaged, do not throw them in the trash. They shall be disposed of properly according to your local laws and ordinances.
With ANY device, battery charging is important, do not mix chargers or batteries and do not leave them unattended. Keep the correct charging device with the correct batteries. Follow the manufacturer instructions.
From the FDA graphic above, I have a feeling the vaping community is far ahead of safety than (governnments) will ever be. Honestly, there’s no excuse for accidents. With forums, facebook groups and word of mouth, the problem exists, but is rare.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
“In 2014, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) published an alert that identified 25 separate e-cigarette fires and explosions dating to 2009 that were reported in the media.”
From NFPA for 2017:
Reports of 195 separate e-cigarette fire and explosion incidents in the U.S. were found, dating from January 2009 to Dec 31, 2016. In 68 percent of these incidents, 133 acute injuries were reported. No deaths were reported during the study period.
Sixty-one incidents occurred when either the device or spare batteries for the device were in a pocket.
Sixty incidents occurred while the device was being used.
Forty-eight incidents occurred while the battery in the device was being charged.
Eighteen incidents occurred while the device or battery was stored.
In seven incidents, it is not reported whether the e-cigarette was in use, stored, or being charged.
One incident occurred during transportation on a cargo aircraft.
Below are just a few extremely important links and graphics urging you to practice battery safety. Don’t assume you know it all. If you’re doubting your experience or knowledge, if you have a question, ASK in your respective forums. ASK a consumer group.
From the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA)
Dave Upton via VapersUK:
Irish Vape Vendors Association
New Nicotine Alliance
Stop setting yourselves on fire
I want to keep you off the news and to keep yourself from catching on fire. I prefer you purchase your battery cases through CASAA here for a donation of only $2.50 each.
It is a great way to support CASAA, and you are helping yourself not catch on fire!
You can also get them on Amazon.
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Keep ON #Vaping On.
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