Fire Safety Bulletin: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Tips

Joseph Berchtold
Fire Chief              

Lithium-Ion batteries are used in various devices, such as cell phones, laptops, tablets, electric cars, and scooters. Lithium-Ion batteries store a large amount of energy and can pose a threat if not treated properly. Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective and can overheat, catch fire, or explode. Be aware of the following when using devices powered by lithium-ion batteries: 

  • When purchasing devices, be sure that the equipment has the Underwriters Laboratories mark. This mark shows that the product was safety tested
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or a couch.
  • Always use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made specifically for the device.
  • Keep batteries/devices at room temperature. Do not place in direct sunlight. 
  • Store batteries away from anything flammable.
  • If a battery overheats or you notice an odor, change in shape/color, leakages, or odd noises from a device, discontinue use immediately.

 If safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.

 Battery Disposal:

  • Recycle batteries by taking them to a battery recycling location or visit for disposal instructions. Please do not dispose of lithium-ion batteries in the trash or recycling.
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