Safety Tips for Devices with Lithium-Ion Batteries
By Commissioner Steven Freeman
June 21, 2023

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.

If using any devices powered by lithium-ion batteries:
• When purchasing devices, be sure that the equipment has the Underwriters Laboratories Mark. The UL mark shows that the product
has been safety tested.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
• Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on 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.
• Individually bag batteries or tape ends before disposing of them.

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