Your batteries could start a fire, how to spot the warning signs

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With lithium batteries being used all around us, what do we need to look for to make sure an accident like that caused by batteries doesn’t happen to us?

It doesn’t happen often but even one time is too many, especially if you’re the victim.

Phillip Lechter of Arizona said his phone was in his pocket, and he banged into something that bent his phone. It punctured the lithium battery inside starting the fire.

And here at home, Todd Ishimaru’s Samsung Galaxy 3 started smoldering when it was charging.

“With electronics in general including lithium batteries the fire dept recommends that everyone read, understand and follow all the instructions that come with their recharging process,” said Honolulu Fire Captain David Jenkins.

Sometimes though, no matter how careful you are accidents happen.

Lithium batteries are everywhere these days, not only in phones, but also in laptops, some motorcycles, electric cars, and even some planes.

They can store a lot of energy in a compact and lightweight form and because of that, they’re highly reactive. Sometimes they catch fire if they get damaged, or get exposed to heat in a hot environment or get excessively charged.

“There’s common sense things. if something, anything including a charge comes so hot to the touch where it starts to discolor, causing damage, blistering, smoking definitely turn it off. if possible remove it from other sources of combustion, fuel sources,” said Jenkins.

To sum it up there are several things to remember to minimize the risk of a fire:

*Don’t store it in a hot place.

*Avoid overcharging.

*Don’t store lithium items together.

*If the battery is damaged, get rid of it.

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