An unfortunate fire has claimed the life of a Florida man, his name was Tallmadge D’Elia and it happened Tuesday, May 5, 2018. The medical examiner’s office has confirmed the death and has given their report for the cause of death.
After a thorough investigation by the fire department, it was confirmed that the cause of death was the explosion of his electronic cigarette. There were severe injuries to the unfortunate victim’s face, and the extensive burns that cover almost 80% of his body also indicate and confirm the fact that his e-cig had blown up in his face.
This is a huge problem and it’s happening more than ever before. In order to help prevent these instances from occurring, the Center For Disease Control has put together a safety facts sheet. I encourage all e-cig users and avid vapers to read the sheet and take precautions.
CDC’s Safety Instructions Fact Sheet
Even though explosions of vape pens or electronic cigarettes are very rare, there are some reasons for concern, and this is why the CDC has issued a fact sheet with important safety regulations.
Here are the fact sheet rules that need to be followed in order to prevent any major issues with vape pens and e-cigarettes.
- E-cigarette batteries should not be carried in pockets, especially in contact with keys, coins or other metal parts that can cause shorting of the battery.
- A phone or tablet charger should not be used for charging an e-cigarette or a vape pen. Instead, only use the original charger.
- Don’t leave a vape pen or an e-cigarette unattended when charging. Don’t leave them to charge overnight.
- Leave it charging on a clean surface of a table. Never leave it charging on a bed or couch in contact with easily flammable materials.
- Immediately replace damaged or wet batteries.
- Use only the recommended batteries for the device. Don’t mix old and new batteries. Never mix brands of batteries.
- Do not block the vent holes of your e-cigarette or vape pen. Do not interfere with safety features or alter your device in some way.
- Do not leave your e-cigarette or vape pen in direct sunlight, or exposed to excessive heat or freezing cold. This may lead to damage to the battery and be a cause for an explosion.
If you cannot handle doing those things, then you really shouldn’t be vaping, period. Your safety is always the most important thing to consider.
Source: CBS News