Learn about the potential fire hazards associated with vaping and e-cigarettes, and how to keep your home and commercial buildings safe from fire risks.

As an industry association for fire safety, we understand the importance of raising awareness about potential fire hazards in the home and workplace. One such hazard that has emerged in recent years is vaping and e-cigarettes. While vaping is a safer alternative to smoking, it still poses some fire risks if not used and stored properly. In this article, we'll discuss the potential fire hazards associated with vaping and e-cigarettes and provide tips on how to stay safe. 

What are the fire risks associated with vaping and e-cigarettes? 

  • Battery explosions: Lithium-ion batteries used in e-cigarettes and vaping devices can overheat and explode, causing fires. 

  • Charging: Overcharging or using incompatible chargers can also cause batteries to overheat and explode. 

  • Improper storage: Storing e-cigarettes and vaping devices near flammable materials can increase the risk of fire. 

  • Improper disposal: Throwing away batteries or devices in the trash can lead to fires if they encounter other materials. 

How to stay safe while vaping: 

  • Use the right charger: Always use the charger that came with your device or a recommended replacement. Avoid charging your device overnight or leaving it unattended. 

  • Store safely: Keep e-cigarettes and vaping devices away from flammable materials such as paper, fabric, and chemicals. 

  • Dispose of batteries properly: Recycle old batteries or take them to a battery disposal centre. Do not throw them away in the trash. 

  • Follow manufacturer instructions: Read the user manual carefully and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and maintenance. 

In addition to these tips, it's also important to have working smoke alarms in your home. Smoke alarms can provide early warning in case of a fire, giving you and your family and work colleagues time to escape safely. Test your smoke alarms regularly and replace the batteries as needed.  View the benefits of a fire alarm here