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Firefighters issue e-cigarette safety warning after Birdholme house fire

A fire investigation into the cause of a house fire on Byron Road, Birdholme, has concluded that the most probable cause was an electronic cigarette left on charge.  

Firefighters from Chesterfield and Matlock attended the incident at 05:16 hours on Saturday 8 October 2022.  

Crews used two breathing apparatus (BA) and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which involved a first floor bedroom of the property.   

One male was treated for smoke inhalation by Firefighters at the scene and, with no other known injuries, all occupants were advised to self-present at hospital for precautionary checks if they later became concerned.  

Fire investigator, Station Manager Barclay Masterson, said: “Nationally, more people die in fires in the home caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials than any other accidental cause. 

“Thankfully, in this case, a smoke alarm was activated in the property alerting the occupants to the fire and allowing them to safely escape.  

“I would like to advise everyone to be aware of the potential fire risks associated with smoking materials, such as e-cigarettes.  

“Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never leave the device battery unattended while it is charging, whether for a couple of hours or overnight.” 

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind smokers, particularly those who use e-cigarettes, of the following safety advice:  

  • Never leave e-cigarettes on charge unattended for long periods of time 

  • Do not charge your e-cigarette overnight  

  • Do not over charge your device. Unplug your e-cigarette when charging is complete 

  • Only use the charger supplied with the e-cigarette 

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions 

  • Ensure you purchase your e-cigarette from a reputable source 

  • Check your e-cigarette carries a CE mark 

  • Never use/charge an e-cigarette or battery pack that has been damaged, dropped or struck 

  • Regularly inspect your e-cigarette battery pack and replace your battery immediately if it is damaged, leaking or not functioning properly 

  • Contact the manufacturer if you have any further questions  

If you don’t have a working smoke alarm, you are around eight times more likely to die in an accidental fire in the home – remember to test yours weekly.  

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