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Summer Safety: Avoid Phone Battery Fires

Lithium-ion batteries power smartphones, laptops, portable speakers, e-bikes and many other devices. While safe to use, they can pose risks when exposed to high temperatures or handled improperly. Lithium-ion batteries can overheat, catch on fire, and even explode when they are damaged or when they are improperly used, charged, or stored. Lithium-ion battery fires pose a high risk of serious injury or death.

Division Offers Best Practices to Help Families Stay Fire Safe

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Fire Safety is today raising awareness about the importance of safe use and disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

The public is using an increasing number of lithium-ion batteries in devices such as smartphones, laptops, e-cigarettes, e-bikes, cars and more due to their ability to store a significant amount of energy in a small space. They offer a great advantage to consumers daily. While they are safe to use and offer many benefits, they can also pose risks when exposed to high temperatures or handled improperly.

“Governor Murphy and I would like to stress the importance of lithium-ion battery safety compliance when using them in your daily lives,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “Lithium-ion batteries are safe to use, when done so properly. But, with improper use, these batteries may explode and cause extreme fires. Following the guidelines provided by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety can save lives.”

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Source: NJ Department of Community Affairs (July, 2023)

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