Do you or someone in your household use a vape pen? This trend continues to rise in California and across the country. It's definitely a controversial topic with varying opinions on the matter. You might be among those who consider vaping a healthier alternative to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.
There are studies that suggest vaping may not be as healthy as many people initially thought. Regardless of health-concern debates, however, there is another serious issue that may place you or your loved one at risk for injury that is associated with vape pens. To put it bluntly, they sometimes explode. People have suffered severe injuries from exploding vape pens. If you or someone in your family plans to vape, you'll want to learn as much as you can ahead of time about potential explosion hazards.
Mechanical mods versus other vaping devices
If the vaping device you use is a mechanical mod, you'll definitely want to stay updated on safety information. Many shops have reportedly stopped selling this particular style of vaping device because it lacks a warning system that other more complex devices have. With a mechanical mod, there is no automatic shut-off system that will activate if the device gets too hot. This may place those who use such devices at great risk for explosion injuries.
Types of injuries that often occur
If you're new to vaping, you might not consider the fact that the using such devices has led to fatalities in many instances due to explosions. Victims have suffered severe burns and lacerations from shards of projectiles that have impaled their skin when their vaping devices exploded in their hands.
There is ample evidence to show that certain vaping devices can explode in your pocket or in your face while you're holding them. However, there are also known risks associated with the spare batteries many people carry around to refill their vapes if their batteries die out. Such incidents have occurred when batteries come into contact with paper clips, coins or other items, thus sparking an explosion.
If you or your loved one suffer injury
Many people who vape say it relaxes them or is simply an enjoyable way to spend time. You might be able to relate to those who say that using vape devices helped them kick the tobacco cigarette habit. While this may be true, it is also true that many people have suffered serious, sometimes fatal, injuries due to vape device explosions. If a manufacturer's or other party's negligence was a causal factor, victims or loved ones may seek legal accountability against those deemed liable for damages.