E-smokers are being urged to unplug chargers when their cigarettes are powered up following a fire at a flat in Kendal.
The fire, which started as a result of a charger being left in and switched on at the socket, caused significant burning to the charger, clothes and a chest of drawers.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said it was only due to the prompt actions of the occupier that the fire was quickly extinguished.
It is estimated that over 100 fires started in the UK last year due to e-cigarette chargers.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging e-cigarette smokers to take the following precautions.
- Ensure they are using the correct USB charger or adaptor for the battery
- Check there are specific instructions with the product to give guidance on recharging and how long to charge for.
- Don’t leave electronic cigarette battery cells unattended whilst they are charging
- Remove batteries from the charger immediately when the light turns green
- Turn off and unplug electronic cigarette battery cells that are charging before you go to bed.
- Always charge the battery on a fire retardant surface
- Discontinue using if the battery or cables become damaged, or if the battery becomes hot or changes shape or begins to smell.