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Posted on: August 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] A message from APFD: Lithium-ion Battery Fires

APFD Safety Tips

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: 

  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Only use a battery that is designed for the device
  • Put batteries in the device the right way
  • Keep batteries at room temperature and store away from anything that can catch fire. Do not charge them at temperatures below 32F or above 105F.
  • Do not continue to charge a device or battery after it’s fully charged
  • Do not charge a device while it is under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch
  • Only use the proper charging cord that came with the battery or device

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.

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