Lithium-Ion Battery Safety
The Lebanon Fire Department reminds everyone to use caution and be aware of hazards with the use and storage of Lithium-Ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smartphones, laptops, scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, toys, and even cars. In rare cases, they can cause a fire or explosion.
- These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space.
- Sometimes batteries are not used the right way; batteries not designed for specific use can be dangerous.
- Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire, or explode.
- Some major airlines no longer accept ‘smart’ luggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries as checked or carry-on luggage because of potential overheating. In some instances, smart bags with removable lithium-ion batteries will be allowed on board if the battery can be removed on-site and taken on board with the customer. Check with your airline for restrictions.
Signs of a Problem
Stop using the battery if you notice any of the following:
- Change in color
- Too much heat
- Change in shape
- Odd noises
If you notice any of the above signs and it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire. Call 9-1-1.
- Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
- Put batteries in the device the right way.
- Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
- Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch.
- Keep batteries at room temperature.
- Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles.
- Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire
- Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash.
- Recycling is always the best option.
- Take them to a battery recycling location or contact your community for disposal instructions. For disposal in Lebanon, please refer to the Lebanon Landfill/Recycling Center's "What Goes Where?" web page for more information.
- Do not pile up discarded batteries.
Information is provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Lebanon Fire Department.