Know the risks of lithium-ion batteries

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Know the risks of lithium-ion batteries

In the past 12 months, Victoria’s fire services responded to at least one significant lithium-ion battery-related fire each week and expect this trend to increase.

E-bikes, e-scooters and electric vehicles make our lives easier, but it’s important to use and maintain them correctly to minimise the risk of fire. They’re different to single-use lithium batteries in that they are rechargeable and usually built into the device it powers.

If lithium-ion batteries are damaged, misused, or don’t meet compliance standards, they pose a serious fire risk, particularly when connected to chargers.

Once lithium-ion batteries catch fire they can develop dangerous, self-sustaining flames and release shrapnel and toxic gas.

Most of these incidents are preventable, so keep these tips in mind:

  • Purchase products from reputable suppliers.
  • Only use chargers and cords that are supplied with the device.
  • Don’t modify or tamper with the batteries and the appliances they power.
  • Only charge batteries on hard surfaces in a room where a smoke alarm is present.
  • Don’t use batteries or devices that show signs of swelling, leaking or overheating.

If your e-product catches fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

  • Don’t try to put the fire out yourself, as batteries involved in fire can release toxic gases and generate multiple explosions.
  • Never throw lithium-ion batteries in your regular waste or recycling collection bins. Many battery fires start in household bins, garbage trucks and waste facilities.

Learn more about lithium-ion batteries on CFA’s website.

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