Lithium-ion battery-powered devices are all around us at the station and at home. From extrication tools, saws, flashlights, cell phones, laptops, scooters, lawnmowers and more, these devices are now part of our daily lives.
Despite their many advantages, lithium-ion batteries have the potential to overheat, catch fire and cause explosions. Fires involving these devices are on the rise, causing injuries and fatalities across the country.
If your department has not yet responded to a fire involving one of these devices, it is just a matter of time.
As part of its research efforts to quantify these hazards, UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has created a new guide to drive awareness of the physical phenomena that affect how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents and to develop strategies to mitigate the associated risks.
As you gather around the firehouse kitchen table discussing training topics and emerging risks in your community, FSRI’s Introductory Guide to Lithium-Ion Battery Fire and Explosion Hazards can help start a foundational education for your crew. Download the guide on the form on this page.