Let's make the new e-cigarette warning loud and clear

Warnings over charging e-cigarettes. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

My heart sank as I heard of the death being linked to an e-cig and it's charger.

For months I have been following up reports in local papers about "exploding e-cigs". Yet when I make inquiries the truth is usually that it is more about the charger.

Some will doubtless see today's new warnings as premature - because there is still no confirmed cause of the Merseyside tragedy - that won't come until the inquest. But I think the warnings are overdue.

Fire officers, electrical experts and many e-cig users already know the danger of using an unsuitable charger. Now the information must be made as public as possible.

The big risks are using counterfeit chargers - sold cheap. Or mixing components of chargers and e-cigs that should not be mixed.

Martyn Allen, Head of Electrotechnical Division at Electrical Safety First gives his top tips for safely charging your e-cigarette:

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) advises that you:

  • Always use the correct charger and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Never charge a battery that has signs of damage, that has been dropped, or has been subjected to impact
  • Never plug a charger into a non-approved mains power transformer
  • Check that your e-cigarette battery has overcharge or overheat protection
  • Remove the battery from charge when complete – don’t over charge
  • Never leave a battery on charge unattended
  • Don’t use if wet or exposed to water
  • Do not over tighten the atomiser or when connecting to charger ? Ensure that you dispose of batteries correctly.