Lithium-ion Battery Safety
Just the Facts on Lithium-ion Batteries
Incidents involving lithium-ion batteries are on the rise. Everyday use leads to everyday incidents.
Total Incidents Reported (1995-10/19/2023)
|Consumer Products (tablets, computers, phones, etc.)
|1,159 Total Injuries
|114 Total Fatalities
|Micro-Mobility Devices (like scooters that travel under 20 mph)
|1,140 Total Injuries
|214 Total Fatalities
New technologies present new risks
Lithium-ion batteries can go into thermal runaway undetected and result in a fire. Not just any fire, a fire that emits flames, smoke and toxic gases that can cause an explosion and spread throughout a house, apartment, or storefront.
Fire moves fast!
From the first warning signs of smoke or hissing noises, you may have less than one minute to escape a fire.
Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety
The best way to be safe is to prevent a lithium-ion battery fire from starting. Take these important actions now:
- C. Choose certified products.
- H. Handle with care.
- A. Always stay alert for warning signs.
- R. Recycle devices and batteries properly.
- G. Get out quickly if there’s a fire.
- E. Educate others on safe practices.
Learn more at batteryfiresafety.org.
E-Bikes and E-Scooters
The popularity of electric bikes and electric scooters (e-bikes and e-scooters) has taken off over the past few years. Lithium-ion batteries are usually the source of power for both, and if not used correctly, or if damaged, those batteries can catch on fire or explode. Whether you use e-bikes or e-scooters as your main way of getting around, or just for fun, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when charging or storing these devices.
- Damaged or defective batteries can overheat, catch fire, or explode.
- Lithium-ion battery fires give off toxic gases and they burn extremely hot. Safety Tips
- Only purchase and use devices, batteries, and charging equipment that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab and labeled accordingly.
- Always follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
- Only use the battery and the charger that were designed for, and came with, the device.
- Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged.
- Only charge one device or device battery at a time to prevent overloading the circuit.
- Keep batteries at room temperature when possible. Do not charge them at temperatures below 32°F (0°C) or above 105°F (40°C).
- Do not store batteries in direct sunlight or inside hot vehicles, and keep them away from children and liquids. Store e-bikes, e-scooters, and batteries away from exit doors and anything that can get hot or catch fire.
- Only have device repairs performed by a qualified professional.
- Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash. Recycling is always the best option. Take the batteries to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste department for disposal instructions.
Signs of a Problem
Stop using the e-bike or e-scooter if you notice any of these problems with the battery: unusual odor, change in color, too much heat, change in shape, leaking, smoking, or not keeping a charge.
If you see a fire...
- Leave the building immediately.
- Don’t try to fight the fire.
- Call 911