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Lithium-ion battery fires

Lithium-ion batteries are powering more devices than ever. From personal electronics and mobility devices (e-bikes, scooters, wheelchairs) to energy storage systems (ESS), electric vehicles and manufacturing facilities, firefighters are responding to myriad incident types that require a new approach. These calls challenge our crews, in part due to their long duration. The FireRescue1 lithium-ion battery fire resource page includes news and subject-matter expert analysis of this emerging issue.

The FDNY has recorded 243 fires, 124 injuries and 17 deaths related to lithium-ion batteries in 2023
Modesto firefighters are placing electric vehicles in a large dumpster for a cool-down period after the fire
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said retailers need to stop selling batteries that do not meet national safety testing certification
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh says Brooklyn fire is the 17th fatal fire due to lithium-ion batteries
First responders from 23 agencies attended training in Cass County on the hazards of li-ion batteries
Fire involving li-ion batteries blocked the doorway of the second-floor apartment in Brooklyn
Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh told the online retailer the city has experienced 14 fire deaths to date caused by lithium-ion batteries
San Diego would be the first city in the county to battery storage and disposal
Norwalk firefighters used multiple dry chemical extinguishers to put the fire out
Li-ion batteries are here to stay and it’s on firefighters to keep up with advances in battery technology
It’s time for the fire service to get a seat at the table of technological advancements that will impact our service delivery
The discovery of a fake sticker in a fatal Queens fire has led to department to inspect e-bike shops across the city
Sanford firefighters work to stay up-to-date on the latest vehicle technology
Saltwater can trigger spontaneous combustion of lithium-ion batteries in electric cars, scooters and some golf carts