Beck & Beck August 2019

August 2019

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E-Cigarette Explosions What You Need to Be Aware Of

Concern over exploding electronic cigarettes and vape pens has started to rise as more and more people are reporting injuries caused by the devices exploding either in the user’s pocket or face. There have been hundreds of people who have received burns and, in the worst cases, died due to these e-cigarette explosions. The causes vary from case to case but are most often linked to the rechargeable battery the device uses. The lithium-ion batteries in e-cigarettes and vape pens have a tendency to overheat when charged or stored incorrectly. Most injuries occur when a user charges their device with the wrong charger, uses a faulty battery, or the battery short-circuits when the e-cigarette comes into contact with loose change or keys. In an interview with NBC, Dr. Elisha Brownson from Harborview Medical Center states that when this occurs, “It becomes a high-powered rocket that can cause significant injury to the patient.” What Is Causing the E-Cigarette Explosions?

second-degree burns. In 2013, a man living in Oklahoma reported that part of his bed, a lamp, shades, and a laptop were burned when the e-cigarette he was charging with the laptop exploded. It was only two months ago when NBC reported that a 17-year-old was taken to the hospital when his e-cigarette exploded while he was using it, resulting in a broken jaw. Two of the most severe cases occurred in 2018 and January 2019, when two men were killed in Florida and Texas.

pens are the easiest and best ways to prevent the devices from exploding. People who use e-cigarettes and vape pens should also be conscious about which batteries they use. They should only use batteries recommended for the device and never mix different brands, use old batteries, or use batteries that have different charging levels. If you or a loved one has experienced any type of injury from an e-cigarette explosion, they may have a case worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Give us a call today, and we’ll provide a free and confidential case evaluation.

Incidents Across the Nation

The severity of exploding vape pens and e-cigarettes depends on when and where the explosion occurs. In January 2016, an e-cigarette exploded unexpectedly in a man’s pocket while he was visiting a local convenience store in Kentucky, and he suffered

How to Avoid Explosions

Only using the recommended chargers and other accessories for e-cigarettes and vape

-Paul Beck

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