Remember, remember the 5th of November
The Gunpowder plot took shape on November the 5th 1605. With explosives planted beneath the House of Lords, the King’s future looked bleak. Before King James I could be assassinated, Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding the hidden explosives. In celebration of the survival of the King, commoners lit bonfires across the capital.
We now celebrate this infamous scheme as Bonfire night. Setting off fireworks, lighting bonfires and writing our names in the air with sparklers.
Every year there is a slew of safety infomercials advising us to be careful. Wear gloves, don’t stand too close, have a bucket of water to hand. With one disaster averted over 500 years ago, we try to avoid another at all costs.
Its a wonder why the general public are so shocked to discover that people are injured by fireworks.
Dig a little deeper and you start to understand that joe public do not regard them as dangerous. Even though fireworks are an explosive. Despite this, people still hold them while they take off, lighting up the skies. Is it any wonder that there will be injuries?
Each year around 1000 people suffer firework related injuries. Because of this people are calling for them to be banned. Should they be banned for everyone because a handful of people do not treat them with care?
The narrative surrounding the safety of our annual bonfire night sounds oddly familiar. Misleading headlines seem to grace our national news on a regular basis. “Rise in e-cig explosions spark calls for regulation”. “Exploding e-cig launches fireball” and “E-cig explodes causing 2nd degree burns”.
The headlines are horrific and without any depth of knowledge or further reading, will undoubtedly scare some people who were considering vaping. Some will stay firmly away. But is this type of scaremongering warranted?
The majority of these articles have the same theme, removable batteries pushed to their limits or not handled with care or the wrong chargers being used.
As a company we try and drill into our customers how important battery safety is. Having worked in our retail stores I can tell you that some people just don’t listen. I have seen batteries loose in pockets with keys, chargers used with wires exposed and no general care taken when it comes to electronic cigarettes.
Its common sense that doesn’t just apply to e-cig batteries, it’s all batteries. It needs to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. E-cigs are an electronic device and should be treated with care.
My Top Three Battery Safety Tips
- Store your batteries safely away from metal objects and heat sources. Ideally use a designated battery sleeve or case.
- Only use the correct charger. Use the charger that came with your kit or a genuine external charger designed for removable e-cig batteries. Ensure they are kept clean, free from e-liquid and undamaged.
- Do not leave an e-cig charging unattended. If the worst happens and all the safety mechanisms fail, you are there and a disaster can be avoided, if you are out for the day you cannot control what happens.
You do not want to become a newspaper headline, keep these common-sense tips in mind. If you are ever in doubt, contact us. We can provide useful tips and advice or visit our battery safety guide for some more information.
Have you got anymore battery safety tips? If so let us know in the comments below.