Most people would agree that vaping is far less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, and that includes the vape devices that use nicotine. However, that doesn’t mean that they are totally harmless, and it’s possible to mishandle the liquids in a way that causes some damage. People have also had issues with the batteries, but to prevent a problem, it’s best to be safe.
1. Store Liquid out of Reach of Children
This is especially important for liquids that contain nicotine. Liquid nicotine is poisonous if swallowed or absorbed into the skin, but regular chemicals also contain a lot of chemicals that children should avoid. Many of these liquids actually come in child-resistant containers, but it’s still wise to keep the bottles out of reach. The DashVapes website has more online resources and references available.
2. Clean Hands After Handling Liquid
It’s not a good idea to allow liquid nicotine to absorb into the skin, so after handling liquid nicotine, it’s a good idea to wash your hands before moving on. This not only ensures that the nicotine gets washed away, but it also ensures that the nicotine doesn’t get on anything else. This is obviously most important if the liquid is spilled. Where the liquid nicotine spills, it’s important to clean the spot thoroughly.
3. Store the Liquid in a Cool, Dry Place Away from Food
People who are new to vape don’t always know how to take care of the liquids. For example, it’s a bad idea to expose the liquids to sunlight, and, obviously, you don’t want to leave the cap off. However, it’s also important to store the liquids in a cool, dry spot that isn’t near any food or drugs. This way, the liquid won’t get confused with any food items or medicines.
4. Close the Container Securely
Obviously, it’s important to make sure that the containers are closed tightly after each use. Making sure to check this each time will prevent spilling accidents, and on the off chance that a child or pet gets a hold of the container, a secured container will be more difficult to open than one that isn’t properly secured.
5. Know When to Call 9-1-1
Really, the only reason one would need to call 9-1-1 or another emergency service is if somebody has swallowed the liquid. In general, liquids contain a lot of chemicals, but liquids with nicotine are especially toxic, so it’s important for both vapers and non-vapers to know when to call an emergency service.