Samsung Note 7 fires and Vauxhall Vehicle Fires; What to do

Samsungs Phones, Vauxhalls and hoverboards all setting alight over the last year.

Despite technology becoming rapidly more advanced each year, issues do still occur with devices, even from renowned brands. Over the last year there has been a range of different products that have encountered fire safety issues.

Of course, products such as Hoverboards have been encountering issues over the last year or so, but many of the faulty products were actually cheap and unsafe models. Additionally, many of the Hoverboards were not from trusted brands. However, since then, we have started to see issues occur with more renowned and trusted brands across a range of devices.


Samsung’s Note 7 fires were one of the most famous cases of 2016. The reason why the Note 7 encountered issues is actually identical to the Hoverboards, as both devices had faulty lithium ion batteries which resulted in the devices catching fire. The issues became so infamous that every airplane must specify that Note 7s are strictly prohibited from being onboard.

Additionally, Vauxhall also had fire safety issues within the last year, after 287 Zafira B model vehicles caught fire.

Electrical Fires

A foam or CO2 fire extinguisher are the best for use against electrical fires. One thing to keep in mind is that foam fire extinguishers result in damage to electrical equipment, but CO2 fire extinguishers do not. However, if the source of the fire isn’t insulated, there is a risk of re-ignition when using a C02 Extinguisher.

Do not use a water fire extinguisher, as water is a conductor of electricity.

Vehicle Fires

Foam, Dry Powder, and C02 fire extinguishers are all effective against vehicle fires. As small, compact extinguishers are available, it may be worth purchasing a fire extinguisher for your vehicle.