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FSRI launches video PSA to add to your battery safety toolbox

Educating the fire service and public on how to prevent and mitigate fires involving lithium-ion batteries

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By FSRI Staff

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) recently released a new video public service announcement (PSA) as part of the institute’s “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety” campaign that addresses the fire safety risks from lithium-ion batteries and the importance of taking preventative actions.

Using footage from the institute’s collaborative research with the FDNY, “Examining the Fire Safety Hazards of Lithium-Ion Battery Powered e-Mobility Devices in Homes,” the PSA aims to reach the public to encourage battery safe behaviors whether at home or on the go.

Watch and share the video with your loved ones and community to teach them how to Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety today.

A few key points to remember:

  • Choose certified products: When purchasing lithium-ion battery-powered devices, look for products that are listed or safety-certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure that they meet important safety requirements.
  • Handle with care: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Only use the charging equipment that comes with the product. Store batteries away from extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, exits, and anything flammable. Charge larger devices like eBikes away from your exit path and outside your home if possible. Do not charge larger devices overnight.
  • Always stay alert for warning signs: Check battery-powered devices often for damage or abuse such as swelling or punctures. Listen for unusual hissing or popping sounds. Watch out for excessive heat or a strange odor. If you notice any of these warning signs, stop using the lithium-ion battery-powered device immediately. White or gray wispy smoke indicates there is immediate danger of fire.
  • Recycle devices and batteries properly: When disposing of batteries, chargers or battery-powered devices, DO NOT put them in the trash! Take them to a recycling center.
  • Get out quickly if there’s a fire: Get out if you see – or hear – warning signs. Follow your home fire escape plan to leave immediately and call 911.
  • Educate others about lithium-ion battery safety: Access FSRI’s First Responders Toolbox for free resources to download and share.