New campaign to educate on lithium-ion battery hazards launches

November 9, 2023

Insight into the “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety” initiative

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has introduced a comprehensive campaign to enhance public safety by educating on the potential hazards posed by lithium-ion batteries.

The institute offers a wealth of resources aimed at helping communities understand how to prevent fires caused by these batteries and what actions to take if one occurs.

The campaign, “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety,” encourages informed choices and proper handling to avert battery-related incidents.

Breaking down the battery safety acronym

FSRI’s campaign title is an acronym that stands for:

  • Choose certified products: Advocating for the use of products tested and approved by recognized safety laboratories.
  • Handle with care: Encouraging careful use and maintenance of lithium-ion battery-powered devices to prevent damage that could lead to safety hazards.
  • Always stay alert: Staying vigilant for any signs of battery damage or failure, such as swelling, hissing, or unusual heat, which may precede a fire or explosion.
  • Recycle properly: Emphasizing the importance of recycling old or damaged batteries and devices responsibly to prevent environmental harm and potential fire risks.
  • Get out quickly: In case of a fire, knowing the signs and having an escape plan can be life-saving.
  • Educate others: Spreading awareness about these safety tips to help others stay safe.

Lithium-ion batteries: Powering devices, posing risks

In homes and workplaces, lithium-ion batteries have become the standard for rechargeable power.

While they are essential for modern electronics, their propensity to overheat presents significant risks.

FSRI’s campaign underscores the necessity of recognizing these dangers and provides guidelines to address them, including advice on handling and disposing of these batteries to avoid the catastrophic effects of thermal runaway.

Practical tips for battery safety from FSRI

FSRI’s public education efforts detail steps for safe battery use, emphasizing the need for proper storage, adherence to manufacturer instructions, and disposal methods.

With the potential for battery fires to escalate rapidly, these recommendations serve as a critical framework for preventative action.

FSJA Comment

Lithium-ion batteries, while convenient, bring with them a responsibility to ensure safety.

The “Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety” campaign by FSRI is a strategic move towards mitigating the increased incidence of battery-induced fires. It provides actionable advice that, if followed, can prevent many of the fires caused by these batteries.

The campaign is a reminder that with the right knowledge and actions, individuals have the power to protect their homes, stations, and communities effectively.

By disseminating this knowledge, FSRI is not only educating the public but also empowering them to be proactive participants in their safety and the safety of those around them.

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