Navy is forbidding all e-cigarettes and vaping devices from its aircraft, ships, and boats after multiple explosions caused by overheating batteries which lead to physical injuries to sailors. The injuries have occurred when the devices were being used, charged or replaced, or when they came into contact with metal objects, according to the Navy. This rule applies to Sailors, Marines, Military Sealift Command civilians and any personnel working on or visiting those units.
Naval Safety Center reports that at least 15 cases occurred between October 2015 and June 2016. This results in sailors’ first- and second-degree burns and facial injuries from e-cigarette battery explosions. The US Department of Transportation banned vaporizers from aircrafts last year, though it did so to prevent passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes.
Weather also can the cause of e-cigarette explosions. So, pay attention to the weather. Utmost cold and extreme heat can damage a lithium-ion battery and once damaged, the battery itself becomes unsafe if the e-cigarette is being used or charged. This does not only increase the chances for explosions but can also lead to fires.
The Navy’s ban on e-cigarettes expected to remain in effect until a final determination of the policy can be made. Sailors who are currently using will be asked to remove batteries from their e-cigarette devices and store them in non-conductive containers. Use of such devices will be only allowed for the sailors in bases on the seashore at assigned smoking areas.
Besides that, FDA persuades those who undergo a problem with the devices to report it through its online safety reporting portal. Or join the workshop recommended by U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically to address battery safety concerns with devices known broadly as electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The Naval Safety Center said it had been no reports of problems before 2015. But it acclaimed in a September message to the fleet that the devices were growing in popularity among civilians and in the Navy. From 2011 to 2015, according to the FDA, this device usage increases from 1.5 percent to 16 percent among high school students.
In 2014, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington became the first ship to embrace the use of e-cigarettes by its team by designating a smoking area specially for the devices, away from traditional smokers. Some people use e-cigarettes as an effort to train themselves off cigarettes. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among adults who used e-cigarettes in 2015, 58.8 percent also were current cigarette smokers.
Based on the cases of other FDA-regulated products, it is important to note that unfavourable experience reporting received is an underestimate of actual events. When used and charged in the correct way, vapor products results in no more of a fire risk than any other product that is powered by lithium-ion batteries. Only use batteries recommended for your device. Don’t mix different brands of batteries, use batteries with different charge levels, or use old and new batteries together