Educating the fire service and the public on how to prevent and mitigate fires involving lithium-ion batteries.
UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Take C.H.A.R.G.E of Battery Safety campaign, a new video public service announcement (PSA) that addresses the fire safety risks from lithium-ion batteries and the importance of taking preventative actions. Utilizing footage from our collaborative research with the FDNY, “Examining the Fire Safety Hazards of Lithium-Ion Battery Powered e-Mobility Devices in Homes', the PSA aims to reach the public ahead of the holiday shopping season to encourage battery safe behaviors at a time when many will be purchasing lithium-ion battery powered devices and products.
The PSA underscores the following key fire safety tips related to lithium-ion battery-powered devices:
- Choose certified products. When purchasing lithium-ion battery-powered devices, look for products that are listed or safety certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure they meet important safety requirements.
- Handle with care. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.Only use the charging equipment that comes with the product. Store batteries away from extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, exits, and anything flammable.Charge larger devices (such as eBikes) away from your exit path and outside your home if possible. Do not charge larger devices overnight.
- Always stay alert for warning signs. Check battery-powered devices often for damage or abuse such as swelling or punctures. Listen for unusual hissing or popping sounds. Watch out for excessive heat or a strange odor. If you notice any of these warning signs, stop using the lithium-ion battery-powered device immediately. White or gray wispy smoke indicates there is immediate danger of fire.
- Recycle devices and batteries properly. When disposing of batteries, chargers or battery-powered devices DO NOT put them in the trash! Take them to the recycling center.
- Get out if there’s a fire. Get out if you see – or hear – warning signs. Follow your home fire escape plan to leave immediately and call 9-1-1.
- Educate other about lithium-ion battery safety
These tips tie closely to our core fire safety messages for the public such as:
- Have working smoke alarms properly installed in your home
- Create and practice an escape plan
- Close Before You Doze
To learn more about ways you can take charge of battery safety, watch our new PSA.
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