The Electrical Safety Foundation (ESFI) is launching its 2023 holiday safety campaign in conjunction with the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). The goal of the campaign is to educate consumers how they can take charge of battery safety by making safe choices when purchasing or receiving lithium-ion battery-powered devices. ESFI’s campaign will provide information on how to avoid injuries and fires caused by lithium-ion batteries. Micromobility devices powered by these batteries, including e-bikes and scooters, are safe with proper care, but caution must be taken to keep the batteries in working order.

“In many cities, lithium-ion batteries have become one of the leading causes of fires and fire deaths,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “When used properly, these batteries are safe, but if they overheat or incur damage, they can cause fires. Learn how to charge your lithium-ion battery-powered devices correctly to keep yourself safe.”

“FSRI is continuing our tradition of developing actionable public safety messaging based on our scientific research. As the use of lithium-ion battery-powered devices increases in our daily lives, so will our exposure to the associated hazards. Through the ‘Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety’ campaign, we aim to impact behavior change by partnering with the fire service to educate the public on key actions they can take to prevent these fires from occurring in the first place and, in the event a fire does occur, how to respond,” said Zoe Susice, Senior Director of Research Amplification of FSRI.

With the endless number of retailers in the market, selecting what lithium-ion battery-powered devices to purchase can be difficult. When researching what to buy, choose a trusted retailer who stands behind their products. Select a product with a warranty that was certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory – they protect consumers against unsafe products. If you require a replacement battery, purchase one from a reputable retailer. Dispose of old batteries responsibly at recycling centers.

Before using or charging the device, thoroughly read the owner’s manual for manufacturer’s guidance and information. When charging the device, choose a flat, dry area away from children, sunlight, and entrances where a fire could block an escape route. Always use a manufacturer-approved charger and avoid adapters when charging. Charge the device by plugging directly into a wall outlet, and never leave it charging unattended, especially overnight.

Be sure to remove the battery or charger once charging is complete to avoid overheating. Batteries should be stored and charged at room temperature as issues can occur below 32°F or above 105°F. Keep batteries and devices from heat sources or anything that can catch fire. Do not store batteries in vehicles. All maintenance on batteries or devices should be completed by a qualified professional.

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Author: Globe Newswire
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