Without the need for matches or gas lighters, aren’t newer plug-in e-cigs safer for homes? Does flame-free necessarily mean house fire protection? At Disaster Kleenup Specialists, we’ve put together some house fire facts about vapes and e-cigarettes to help you protect yourself, your property, and your family.
- Vape chargers might be the most dangerous part of your e-cig kit.
- Battery overheating and explosions are the main risks for house fires.
- There are steps you can take to protect yourself.
How Common Are Vape Explosions & Fires
A 2019 study by community health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and behavioral health researchers found that, from 2015 to 2017, there was an estimated 2035 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries presenting to US hospital emergency departments.
The biggest problems associated with vape explosion are usually injuries to the smoker, from severe burns to amputation. That’s because e-cigarettes are used so close to the face.
Types Of Home & Property Damages
In addition to tragic personal injuries, the NFPA reports a large number of e-cigarette house fire damages. It’s no wonder that Homeowner’s insurance companies still consider you a “smoker” even if you’ve switched to vaping. The main hazard with e-cigs comes from overcharging or exploding lithium-ion batteries.
Of recorded reports, the US Fire Administration finds that about 66% of these fires spread to the rest of the room or house. In the least destructive incidents, a six-inch area around a charging vape was burned.
- Carpet Fires
- Furniture Fires
- Room & Contents Fires
- Minor, Major & Moderate House Fires
House Fire Help In Monterey & Santa Cruz
We hope these facts about vapes and e-cigarette house fires have helped you better understand the risks associated with these devices. The best way to protect yourself and your home is always to be aware. If you’ve experienced your own vape-related incident, contact us at Disaster Kleenup Specialists in the Monterey area for house fire cleanup and restoration in California.