State Fire Marshall Issues Warning for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Amid the continued response by agencies statewide to fires caused by lithium-ion batteries, Cal Fire’s Office of the State Fire Marshal has issued an information bulletin advising Californians to take safety precautions around these commonly used devices. 

Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are found almost everywhere, most often in e-bikes, mobile phones and laptop computers. They are also found in tablets, e-scooters and even electric cars. When used incorrectly, they can overheat, catch fire, or explode. 

Officials advise that people should stop using lithium-ion battery devices right away if there is leaking, odor, odd noises, or a change in color or shape. Move the device away from anything flammable and call 911 if in danger.  

Residents should also take care when charging these devices and always follow manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid letting the devices overheat and don’t charge them in direct sunlight. Don’t charge devices under a pillow, on the bed or couch. More safety tips are available via the safety bulletin.

When it’s time to dispose of your lithium-ion battery devices, don’t place them in the trash and never pile up old batteries. Instead, take them to a battery recycling location, like the Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located in Huntington Beach at 17121 Nichols Street, Gate 6.

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