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Lithium Battery Safety Tips

Posted on 03/03/2020

Lithium-ion battery accidents and fires are on the rise but can be prevented! We rely on lithium-ion batteries to power our everyday lives from cell phones and remotes to vehicles, so it is essential to be aware of the potential dangers they may pose when not used properly.

When purchasing batteries, always buy from a reputable supplier, be sure to avoid batteries that are not shipped in protective packaging. When soring batteries keep them away from combustible materials, be sure to remove batteries before long-term storage. Ideally, batteries should be stored in metal storage between 41° F and 68° F. 

Be sure only to use the charging cord and adapter that came with the device. Off-market products can create excessive heat and lead to explosions. Users should replace damaged cords and avoid using them whenever possible. When charging batteries, it is essential to remember not to charge disposable batteries. A helpful tip to prevent this is to store one-time use batteries in a separate area from re-chargeable ones.  

It is essential to inspect batteries and devices at least once a week for the following deformities, odors, leaking, or excessive heat. If any of these are present, the batteries or device should be disconnected and moved away from all combustible materials. When disposing of a lithium battery or device, check with your local municipality or county government to see when they are offering a household hazardous waste drop off.