The number of people using electronic cigarettes has increased dramatically in recent years, but the rise in use has also seen a rise in safety concerns.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards has received complaints about incidents involving e-cigarette batteries and chargers, including reports of them overheating or exploding whilst in use.
Over 70 percent of the complaints made about e-cigarettes to councils in the East Midlands region have been about safety issues. Residents are being warned about the potential dangers when charging e-cigarettes and how they can keep themselves safe.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “E-cigarettes may be popular, but please don’t put your safety at risk.
“We have had reports of exploding e-cigarettes exploding and we want both consumers and retailers to be vigilant to prevent further accidents occurring.”
Tips to reduce possible accidents include, only use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette, ensure that e-cigarettes are not left charging for longer than required.
Residents who have purchased a product that you have concerns about please let Trading Standards know by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
Contact 0800 389 7712 for advice on stopping smoking.