Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Tips

Lithium-Ion batteries are used in various devices. These batteries are commonly used in cell phones, laptops, tablets, electric cars, and scooters. Lithium-Ion batteries store a large amount of energy and can pose a threat if not treated properly. Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire, or explode.

  • Be aware of the following when using devices powered by lithium-ion batteries.
  • When purchasing devices, be sure that the equipment has the Underwriters. Laboratories mark. This mark shows that the product was safety tested.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or a couch.
  • Always use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made specifically for the device.
  • Keep batteries/devices at room temperature. Do not place in direct sunlight
  • Store batteries away from anything flammable.
  • If a battery overheats or you notice an odor, change in shape/color, leaking, or odd noises from a device, discontinue use immediately. If safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.

Battery Disposal

  • Putting lithium-ion batteries in the trash or recycling at home is illegal.
  • Recycle batteries by taking them to a battery recycling location or visiting for disposal instructions is always a good option.