Lithium-Ion batteries supply power to many different types of electronic devices such as smart phones, scooters, tablets, laptops, hover boards, e-cigarettes, power tools and toys. Lithium-Ion batteries can store large amounts of energy and may post a threat if not properly cared for. Like any type of products, these batteries can be defective and fail. It is imperative you use care when operating and our charging them. In rare cases, they can overheat, resulting in a fire and/or explosion.
Safety Tips While Using or Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries
- Only purchase a device that is Underwriters Laboratory listed (UL). This UL listing indicates that it has been safety tested and met specific standards.
- Follow the manufacturers instructions for use and charging
- Use only the battery that has been designed and recommended for the device.
- Install batteries the correct way
- Only use the charging cord that the device came with
- Keep batteries at room temperature
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Do not charge a device on your bed, couch, chair, on or under a pillow.
- Never leave a charging device unattended.
Signs of a Problem
Immediately stop using or charging your device if you notice an odor, change in color, excessive heat, change in shape, leaking or odd noises. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that may catch on fire and call 9-1-1.
- Recylce your batteries by taking them to the Rockland County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Pomona, NY
- Do not put Lithium-Ion batteries in the trash or recycling
- Once removed from a device, store all batteries separate from each other.