We, at ICC, write many blogs about transporting lithium batteries, but what about lithium battery safety at home?

Lithium batteries are all around our home. Our phones, computers, watches, toothbrushes, power tools, scooters, e-bikes, cameras, and vapes are all powered with lithium batteries. Some may even wear lithium batteries in holiday shirts, hats, and sweaters. 

Lithium batteries are safe when they are used and stored correctly. However, when they are mistreated, stored incorrectly, or overcharged, they can explode and catch fire. Unfortunately, we see this in transport all of the time. This is why we have regulations to transport batteries safely; however, we are not often as careful at home.

Have you ever put your phone on the charger overnight? I know I have. This would be a prime example of what NOT to do – overcharge it.

Let’s look at how we can all use this technology while keeping our families safe:

  • Only use the batteries and equipment (including chargers) provided by the equipment vendor. Third-party batteries or chargers could be of a lower quality, lack safety features, or cause overcharging.
  • Don’t place charging batteries on anything that could catch fire, including plush furniture or carpeting.
  • Don’t expose your batteries to fire or excessive heat or allow them to get wet. 
  • Store them at room temperature and away from direct sunlight
  • Don’t carry or store batteries with metal items to prevent short-circuiting
  • Protect your battery from strong impacts or sharp objects 
  • Ensure you install the battery correctly

If you are reading this blog, you are in the dangerous goods industry. Be a dangerous goods ambassador and share these safety tips with your friends and family.

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.