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E-Cigarettes present fire risk

By Julia Werth
On March 6, 2014

UConn's Fire Department has noticed that the number of students using e-cigarettes is increasing and there is an increased risk of fires.
E-cigarette chargers have been known to explode and therefore pose a significant fire hazard in UConn dormitories. Fires started by e-cigarettes have been increasing across the country and could do the same here at UConn if students leave them unattended.
"We recommend not leaving an e-cigarette on a charger when you are not present, such as leaving for class," Lieutenant Heidi Vaughan said.
Because the chargers heat up, if they are near flammable objects the risk of fire increases substantially.
"One case in Arizona states that a person had plugged in the e-cigarette to the charger and put it on top of the bed and left the home," Vaughan said.
Although no fires at UConn have been started by e-cigarettes yet, smoke detectors have been set off by the vapors they produce.
To avoid this happening the fire department recommends "that students smoke them outside, 25 feet from the building, as they would any other cigarette," Vaughan said.

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