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Take Charge of Battery Safety

FSRI is calling on all members of the fire service to “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety” in the station, at home and in the community, from the initial product purchasing to disposing of the product when it is no longer wanted or safe to use. Each letter of “C.H.A.R.G.E.” stands for a different safety measure that is easy to remember:

C – Choose certified products

When purchasing lithium-ion battery-powered devices, look for products that are listed or safety-certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure that they meet important safety requirements.

FSRI is calling on all members of the fire service to “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety” in the station, at home and in the community, from the initial product purchasing to disposing of the product when it is no longer wanted or safe to use. Each letter of “C.H.A.R.G.E.” stands for a different safety measure that is easy to remember:

C – Choose certified products

  • When purchasing lithium-ion battery-powered devices, look for products that are listed or safety-certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure that they meet important safety requirements.

H – Handle with care

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Only use the charging equipment that comes with the product.
  • Store batteries away from extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, exits, and anything flammable.
  • Charge larger devices like eBikes away from your exit path and outside your home if possible.
  • Do not charge larger devices overnight.

A – Always stay alert for warning signs

  • Check battery-powered devices often for damage or abuse such as swelling or punctures.
  • Listen for unusual hissing or popping sounds.
  • Watch out for excessive heat or a strange odor.
  • If you notice any of these warning signs, stop using the lithium-ion battery-powered device immediately.
  • Watch for white or gray wispy smoke, as this indicates there is immediate danger of fire.

R – Recycle battery-powered devices properly

  • Responsibly dispose of old or damaged batteries by taking them to the nearest battery recycling center.
  • Never discard batteries, chargers, or battery-powered devices in regular trash bins.

G – Get out quickly if there’s a fire

  • Know the warning signs to look and listen for and get out if you see – or hear – them.
  • Follow your home fire escape plan to leave immediately and call 9-1-1.

E – Educate others about battery safety

  • Now that you know what actions to take, spread the word about lithium-ion battery safety and help protect your friends and loved ones.
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