We all have a vested interest in vaping safety. If someone gets hurt while vaping, it hurts the user, and the vaping community as a whole. If we want to keep vaping in the free world, we need to stay up to date on safety. Here is a list of great vaping safety tips!
1. Have A Healthy Respect for Electricity
Electricity is all around us. The use of electronics is so widespread, we often take it for granted. Have you seen a downed power line, and the carnage it causes? How about that scene in Jurassic Park where Timmy gets shocked on the electric fence?
Electronic cigarettes obviously use electricity. Just as traditional traditional cigarette-smokers need to respect fire, vapers need to respect electricity. When charging your mod or batteries, don’t plug too many appliances into one outlet or extension cord. Keep your cords neat and tidy, without frays or tears in the wire. Keep your electronics away from water, dampness, and moisture. These are basic electricity safety tips, but never disregard them.
2. Make Sure Your Vape Setup is Functioning Properly
Have you noticed anything peculiar with your mod lately? Auto-firing, shorting out, getting really hot, screen malfunctions, for example? Stop using it until the problem is attended to. If anything is going wrong with your electronic cigarette, you need to change up.
You can call our wonderful Customer Service department to help troubleshoot. Take your mod to your most trusted vape shop, and have their electronics wiz take a look at it. Buy a new mod. Your mod should be in tip-top condition. No excuses!
3. Keep Your E Liquid Bottles Free of Impurities
I’ve heard of vapers using old e liquid bottles to store hot sauce. You can imagine this leads to unpleasant experiences down the road.
You should know exactly what’s in a bottle of e liquid. We provide labels with flavor, nicotine level, blend, and bottle size. This leaves nothing to the imagination. If you recycle an old bottle (it’s a free country!), be sure to re-label your e liquid as accurately as possible.
Keep your e liquid in a dry, room-temperature space, and minimize the direct sunlight. Keep the cap on the bottle, as much as possible. In general, keep the guess-work out of e liquid.
4. Battery Safety!
I really can’t stress this enough. General electricity safety is important, but battery safety is the vaper’s gospel. That little 18650 or internal lithium-ion battery contains an awe-inspiring amount of power, along with hazardous chemicals.
Never let your batteries vent. Venting is extremely rare, but it is catastrophic when it happens. A battery vent is caused when it hard shorts, or undergoes damage. The venting battery will release toxic gases, and could burst into flames, and explode. To avoid this scary scenario, keep your batteries in peak condition. Never carry batteries in your pocket without a protective battery case, because they may hard short with your coins or keys. Use a trusted, regulated mod. The vast majority of exploding mods have been “mech-mods,” which have no microchip to regulate the flow of electricity from the battery to the atomizer. Don’t use an unregulated mod, unless you really know what you’re doing.
If your battery looks a little ragged, it’s probably time to retire it.
5. Take Charge of Charging
Over-charging your batteries is a cause for concern. Not all battery chargers are created equal; some chargers will continue pumping electricity beyond a battery’s capacity, which could lead to a vent. If your battery is over-charged, remove it from its power, and let it sit for a while, and take it to a battery recycling facility.
If you have a removable battery, use a trusted charger like the NiteCore Digicharger D4. For internal batteries, make sure the USB charger is compatible with your mod.
6. Heat = Danger
If you vape for a while, you may notice your mod getting warm to the touch. Your batteries, too, will warm up. Do everything in your power to keep your setup from overheating.
External heat can be dangerous. Leaving your mod in a hot car could really ruin your day. If you have to leave your mod in your car, remove the batteries and store them safely outside of the car, preferably in a battery case.
If your mod is getting abnormally hot, something is wrong. You’re either vaping too frequently (over-exerting your power source), or there is an electronic issue with your setup. Be mindful of the heat of your vape, and replace your hardware if you’re concerned about it.
7. Vaping is for Adult Humans
A lot of critters are curious about vaping. The pleasant smell of vaping and e liquid can attract dogs, cats, bears, or children. Vaping is not intended for anyone but adult humans.
Cats have a natural allergy to Propylene Glycol. Try not to subject your poor cat to your direct vapor. Luckily, vapor dissipates rather quickly. Keep your e liquid sealed and out of the reach of animals and children. Easier said than done, I know. Children, cats, and dogs are crafty, mischievous, and inventive. If they’re curious about something, they’ll figure out a way to get to it. I keep my e liquid in special drawers.
8. Stay Up to Date!
This industry changes every day. As a young industry, we will see developments in hardware at a very rapid rate. Keep yourself in the know by reading blogs, scouring Reddit, and reading reliable news sources. The best way to keep safe while vaping is to know as much as you can about it.
We’ll do our part to keep you updated here on the Mt Baker Vapor blog. If you have any further questions regarding vaping safety, feel free to comment below!
Good luck, vape fans, and remember: Safety first!