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Posted on: April 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Lithium-Ion Battery Safety: Use these Tips to Help Prevent Accidental Fires

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Fires caused by lithium-ion batteries have increased in our area with disastrous consequences.

Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries that are commonly used in many kinds of devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, and even cars.

These batteries are generally safe, but defects or damage from improper use, storage, or charging may cause the batteries to overheat, catch fire, or explode.

Help protect your family and loved ones by following these safety tips:

  • Purchase and use devices certified by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for charging and storage.
  • Use the correct battery, cord, and power adapter.
  • Always plug directly into a wall electrical outlet for charging.
  • Keep batteries and devices at room temperature.
  • Store and/or charge batteries away from anything flammable.
  • Do not charge a device while sleeping.
  • Do not charge a device near your primary exit.

Stop using the device/battery if:

  • You notice an odor
  • There is a change in color or shape
  • The device or battery is producing an excessive amount of heat
  • The device or battery is leaking or making odd noises

Battery disposal:

  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash.
  • Put batteries inside a tightly sealed plastic bag, and place them on top of your closed Recology recycle bin. For more information about lithium-ion battery disposal, visit

Thank you for helping to protect our community.

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