Lithium-ion batteries can be found in many of our everyday devices. While these batteries can provide an effective source of power, they can also become extremely dangerous. Some potential dangers may include over heating, fires, and explosions if they are improperly used, charged, or stored.

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Safety Tips
  • These batteries store a lot of energy in small space, sometimes when these batteries aren’t used correctly, they can be dangerous.
  • Always buy devices or products that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Only use the battery and charging cords that are designed for that specific device.
  • NEVER charge any device under pillow, on the bed or any fabric like material. These devices should be charged on hard surfaces.
  • Store any batteries away from any combustibles.
E-Bikes & E-Scooters

Electric bikes and scooters can be a great way to get around, but it is important to remember that they are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Keep these important safety tips in mind when charging or storing these devices.

  • Damaged or defective batteries can overheat, catch on fire, or even explode.
  • Only charge devices and batteries with the proper charging equipment. Ensure you are using the designed charger and battery that came with that device.
  • Always follow manufacturer instructions.
  • Only charge one device at a time to prevent overloading any circuits.
  • E-Bikes and E-Scooter should always be stored outside.
  • Never throw lithium-ion batteries in the trash. They should go to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste management department for proper disposal instructions.
  • If you notice any concerns with your battery including unusual smell, change in colour, change in shape, leaking, smoking or any other signs that there is a problem with your device stop using immediately.
  • If you see any signs of a fire, get outside, and call 9-1-1. DO NOT try and extinguish yourself.

While using electronic cigarettes or vaping devices it is important to understand that fires or small explosions can happen while they are being used, charged, or transported.

  • Always follow manufacture’s recommendations.
  • Never charge your device with phone or tablet chargers always use charger that was provided with the device.
  • Never leave device unattended. Avoid charging at night while you are sleeping, as an overcharged battery can cause a fire.
  • Replace battery if they get wet or damaged.
  • If a device is kept in your pocket, use a protective case. Batteries that encounter metal objects likes coins can cause sparks.

For more safety information and tips about Lithium-ion batteries visit NFPA Lithium-Ion Batteries