The Pinellas County medical examiner officially released the cause of death on Tuesday. This is the first confirmed case of an exploding e-cig resulting in a death. There have been numerous explosions in the past, some of them resulting in horrific injuries but none have been fatal. Until now.
The man, Tallmadge D’Elia, died from a “projectile wound of the head” and suffered burns on 80% of his body.
It’s important to note that these explosions are quite rare and usually caused by user error. The CDC has put out a fact sheet with basic safety information. Here is the info:
- Never carry e-cig batteries loose in your pocket, especially where they might come into contact with coins, keys or other metal objects which can cause the battery to short out.
- Never use you phone or tablet charger. Use the charger that originally came with the device.
- Don’t charge your vape device while sleeping or leave it unattended.
- Charge it on a flat surface away from anything that can catch fire. Don’t charge it on your couch or bed.
- Always replace the batteries if they get damaged or wet.
- Always use batteries recommended for your device and don’t mix and match different brands or mix old and new batteries.
- Never alter your device or disable the safety features like fire button locks or vent holes.
- Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in a freezing car overnight.