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Lithium-ion Battery Safety in the Home

With the increase use of Lithium Ion batteries in our toys and electronics, the Fire Safety Research Institute has developed the Take C.H.A.R.G.E. of Battery Safety.  This was designed to highlight what you need to lookout for with these types of batteries and chargers in your home.

C.H.A.R.G.E. stands for:

Choose certified products

Handle with care

Always stay alert

Recycle properly

Get out quickly

Educate others

It is important that you read the storage and charging instructions and follow them when storing and charging these batteries.  Always try and store the batteries at room temperature and do not charge them at temperatures below 32 degrees or over 105 degrees fahrenheit.  Store spare batteries away from other flamable materiels and never keep them in direct sunlight or hot cars.  Stop using any lithium-ion battery if you notice an order, change in color, too much heat, change in shape, leaking or odd noises.  Do not place used lithium-ion batteries in the trash.  Recycle them at your local recycling center.  Please watch the video below for more information and to see what happens when a lithium-ion battery overheats.