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19th August, 2019 - 9:26am: 2 pumps from Christchurch and an officer were sent to a property on Gr...Read more

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18th August, 2019 - 1:35 PM : A crew from Salisbury attended a property with a water leak that was c...Read more

18th August, 2019 - 12:46 PM : A crew from Corsham have extinguished a fire involving a BBQ and gas c...Read more

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18th August, 2019 - 09:44: A crew from Westlea has released a dog that was trapped in a fence usi...Read more

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18th August, 2019 - 1.52am: Ashley Heath - Crews from Verwood and Ringwood attended a single vehic...Read more

Smoking and e-cigarettes

Smoking is one of the highest fire risks – in fact, fires started by smoking materials account for one third of all accidental fire deaths.

The best way of protecting yourself and others in your home from this risk is to give up smoking altogether; failing that, only ever smoke outside.

If you have to smoke indoors, remember to ‘put it out – right out’ and:

Click here for our downloadable advice leaflet Smoking Safely.

See also:

www.smokefree.nhs.uk

www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk

E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular and, with more people using the devices, we are seeing more and more incidents relating to them across the country.

E-cigarettes, also known as personal vaporisers or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery powered and simulate tobacco smoking by producing a vapour that resembles smoke.

Heating elements known as atomisers vaporise the e-liquid, which usually contains a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, nicotine and flavourings.

Some products on the market release vapour without nicotine but with flavours more appealing to younger people.

E-cigarettes are sold with either single-use batteries or lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. These batteries can fail whilst on charge, sometimes with explosive force.

Several factors can lead to battery failure, including:

Different USB chargers give different voltages, which can cause the lithium battery to be over-cooked to the point where it explodes.

Our advice for e-cigarettes is the same as for many smaller electrical appliances such as mobile phones and laptops – don’t be tempted to buy cheap unbranded chargers, don’t leave them to charge whilst you are out of the house or asleep, and keep them well away from flammable materials.

The following advice should always be followed by e-cigarette users:

You can also buy specialist fire retardant bags, which can be used when the batteries are on charge – these cost about £5.

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