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E-cigarette explodes at family home (From Daily Echo)

E-cigarette explodes at family home in Ringwood

Updated 12:32pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014 in News1 By James Johnson2, Senior Reporter

A mother is lucky to be alive after a faulty charger caused an explosion at her Ringwood3 home.

The charger, connected to an e-cigarette, caught fire and overheated the pressurised canister of an air horn, which then blew up.

Now trading standards officers have warned the public that only chargers supplied with electrical items should be used.

The incident is the latest in a string of incidents in the UK involving the use of cheap or inappropriate chargers and firefighters said the woman is lucky to have received no injuries.

The woman was alerted to the fire in an upstairs bedroom of the house on Southampton4 Road by her smoke alarm, which had only had its battery changed the previous week.

After discovering the fire, she managed to escape downstairs before the explosion, caused by the heating of the pressurised canister of an air horn that was in the room.

Daily Echo:

“This then overheated and caught light to the bedding, and the fire then caused the canister to expand and explode.

“Plugs need to be appropriate for the device they are charging and not all can be transferred between devices. The consequences of using the wrong charger with the wrong device can be devastating and we are extremely relieved that on this occasion no-one was harmed.”

In May, a Welsh woman was burned after her e-cigarette exploded when it was plugged into her phone charger and a barmaid in North Yorkshire was also injured earlier this year when a charging e-cigarette overheated.

While e-cigarettes can be susceptible to overheating due to the type of battery they contain, Hampshire’s Trading Standards are keen to stress the importance of using the right charger for all devices and raise awareness of the dangers of cheap alternatives.

A spokesman from Hampshire County Council5 Trading Standards said: “The message is do not buy cheap or unbranded chargers for use with e-cigarettes, mobile phones or any other devices. They are invariably dangerous and illegal.

“At the least, they are capable of destroying your device.

At worst, they have the potential to give a fatal electric shock or cause a very serious house fire.

“Our officers regularly stop and destroy large quantities of unsafe chargers as part of their work at ports.

This is a widespread problem, with many being sold through internet sellers.

“Always make sure that the rated output of your charger is matched to the product you are charging.”

Fire crews from Ringwood were quickly on the scene and entered the house using breathing apparatus and extinguished the flames.

Fire investigators then traced the cause back to a USB plug that had an e-cigarette charging in it.

Group Manager Dan Tasker said: “We discovered that the woman’s son had lost the charger that came with the e-cigarette kit he had bought, so he had plugged it into a different USB charger and then gone out.

References

  1. ^ News (www.dailyecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ By James Johnson (www.dailyecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ringwood (www.dailyecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ Southampton (www.dailyecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Hampshire County Council (www.dailyecho.co.uk)

PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan – Remote Control with LED Display

PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan - Remote Control with LED Display

PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan – Remote Control with LED Display


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  • PTC Heating for high thermal efficiency
  • Remote control, 7.5 Hour Timer
  • 2 Heat or Fan Only Settings
  • Wide Oscillating Angle, Product dimensions (HxWxD cm) 61.8×20.8×13.2
  • The Over Door PTC Heater/Fan is ideal for installation in conservatories shop doorways and business reception areas; in fact anywhere you want to limit heat loss or temperature fluctuations where an exterior door is frequently in use. With 2 heat settings (1 or 2 kW) and a fan only setting, the Over Door Heater and Fan also features a wide oscillating angle for generous heat distribution and a timer for total control. What is a PTC Heater? The Over Door Heater and Cooler features a ceramic PTC element, which is an extremely efficient heating method, ideal for areas where temperatures may fluctuate. The ceramic PTC element is self-regulating and varies its Wattage to maintain a preset temperature. This means that it only draws the required current to maintain the temperature.

The Over Door PTC Heater/Fan is ideal for installation in conservatories shop doorways and business reception areas; in fact anywhere you want to limit heat loss or temperature fluctuations where an exterior door is frequently in use. With 2 heat settings (1 or 2 kW) and a fan only setting, the Over Door Heater and Fan also features a wide oscillating angle for generous heat distribution and a timer for total control. What is a PTC Heater? The Over Door Heater and Cooler features a ceramic PTC element, which is an extremely efficient heating method, ideal for areas where temperatures may fluctuate. The ceramic PTC element is self-regulating and varies its Wattage to maintain a preset temperature. This means that it only draws the required current to maintain the temperature, Product dimensions (HxWxD cm) 61.8×20.8×13.2

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PTC Over Door Heater and Cold Air Fan – Remote Control with LED Display

600mm(w) x 1800mm(h) Straight Chrome Heated Towel Rail, Radiator, Warmer 3390 BTUs Bathroom Central Heating Ladder Rail

600mm(w) x 1800mm(h) Straight Chrome Heated Towel Rail, Radiator, Warmer 3390 BTUs Bathroom Central Heating Ladder Rail

600mm(w) x 1800mm(h) Straight Chrome Heated Towel Rail, Radiator, Warmer 3390 BTUs Bathroom Central Heating Ladder Rail


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£126.00

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£126.00


  • Outer Finish: Sparkling Chrome. Base Material: Mild Steel
  • Height: 1800mm Width: 600mm
  • Pipe Centres: 555mm, Bar Pattern: 4-5-6-7-11
  • Output Value – BTUs: 3390, Output Value – Watts: 993
  • Projection from Wall: 90-110mm (Adjustable Brackets)

This 600mm (w) x 1800mm (h) towel rail has a high quality chrome plated finish (over 50 microns of chrome) and has been manufactured with 22mm straight bars for a designer finish.
This towel rail can be installed in 3 different ways:

1. On a central heating system when fitted with a pair of suitable valves (Angled Valves for pipework coming from the wall, Straight Valves for pipework coming up from the floor).
2. As stand alone electric when pre-filled with solution and fitted with a suitable wattage electric heating element.
3. As a dual fuel towel rail when purchased with a suitable dual fuel valve kit.

Our range of towel rails are designed and manufactured in house to achieve the highest quality and heat outputs (delta t50). The towel rail is supplied with wall mounting kit, bleed valve and blank plug.
We have designed the bar patterns of the towel rail to optimise the volume of horizontal bars for heat output and functionality to allow you to hang your towels as well as heat the room.
This towel rail is supplied with our 5 year manufacturer guarantee. (Euronorm BS EN 442).

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