The push to put an end to smoking, caused a new industry emerge. A large part of the smoking public has now turned to vapes over cigarettes, and the choice to do can be largely attributed to information that vapes are safer than cigarettes. The problem with vaping is two-fold though; first the research regarding the safety features is too new to be inclusive, and second, the substances in vapes are just as addictive as the tobacco that is found in a cigarette. What this means is that an e-cigarette may not be as safe as advertised, and resorting to vaping in an effort to stop smoking is not the best option. On top of these dangers, there is the possibility that the device itself may cause an injury. In some instances vapes have been known to explode, and when that happens serious injuries can occur.
FEMA published a report in October 2014 that outlined the way a vape works, and the possibility of a fire explosion from a vape. The chances are real, and if a vape does explode or catch fire, the injuries can be quite severe. Possible injuries from an exploding vape device include:
- Burns and abrasions on the skin on or near the vape. This includes the lips, face, hands, fingers, and neck.
- If you keep a vape in your purse or in a pocket, an explosion can cause an injury to your legs or torso.
- Cuts are common injuries associated with a vape explosion, and if the explosion is powerful enough damage to nearby property can also occur.
If you are in a public place when a vape explodes, there is also the chance that injuries are suffered by those other than the user. While the battery power a vape requires is relatively small, this does not mean the chances of an explosion do not exist. Accidents do happen, and when they do you are allowed to make a claim against the party responsible for your injuries.
If you have been in an accident involving an e-cigarette, call our office to learn what to do next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.