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A message from APFD: Lithium-ion Battery Fires
Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including e-cigarettes, wireless headphones, smoke alarms, handheld power tools, small and large appliances, toys, electric scooters, electric cards and e-bikes. If not used correctly, or if damaged, these batteries can catch on fire or explode.
In recent years, the fire service has become all-too-familiar with the threat posed by lithium-ion batteries. As we continue to work on this growing problem, here are some safety tips to follow:
Stop using the battery if you notice any of these problems, odor, change in color, too much heat, change in shape, leaking or odd noises, and, if safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire. Call 9-1-1.
These batteries should not be put in the trash. Take them to a battery recycling location or contact the Department of Public Works for disposal instructions. Do not put discarded batteries in piles.
When charging these batteries, charge them in a flat, dry area away from children, direct sunlight, liquids and tripping hazards.
For questions, please contact the Asbury Park Bureau of Fire Prevention at 732-774-7400.