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18051 – Electronic cigarettes incidents

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Ref: FOI/18051


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 26th March 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Under FoI, I would like information about recorded incidents of fire service call-outs related to electronic cigarettes, or vaping, in 2018 (to date), 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Please include the number of incidents in each calendar year which you have been called to involving electronic cigarettes. This could include, for example, fire alarms accidentally being set off by vapour from electronic cigarettes, in cases where the fire service is obliged to automatically respond (e.g. in work places, hospitals, student halls of residences, etc) or cases in which an electronic cigarette has caused a fire.

Please also include, for each calendar year, the number of these cases which were ‘false alarms’, i.e, there was no fire but an alarm had been triggered accidentally.

If possible, please provide a brief breakdown of each category of incident. For example the number of cases of vaping in workplaces, halls of residence, etc, which has resulted in a fire service call-out, and the number of genuine fires.


Please see below.

Electronic Cigarette incidents 2015-2018 1.0 Download

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