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As the Holidays Draw Near, NFPA Issues Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tip Sheet for Consumers

You would be hard-pressed to find a holiday shopping list today that doesn’t include a device, toy, tool or new technology that contains lithium ion batteries.

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Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices and toys. Take care when using them.

Photo by: NFPA.

Quincy, MA - December 16, 2016 - You would be hard-pressed to find a holiday shopping list today that doesn’t include a device, toy, tool or new technology that contains lithium ion batteries. To help consumers take care when using smart phones, laptops, scooters, remote control gadgets, wearable technology, and a host of other products on the market right now, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed a lithium ion battery safety tip sheet for consumers.

Fire issues related to lithium ion batteries have dominated news reports for more than a year. This summer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than a half-million hoverboards that involved 10 companies, and in October the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from all flights. Flight attendants continue to warn air travelers today to power down their devices during pre-flight safety instructions.

Lithium ion batteries are ideally suited for today’s streamlined, lightweight, high-tech consumer products but convenience comes with concern. The compact batteries store a large amount of energy; and if not used properly, can overheat and cause a fire or explosion.

NFPA’s new tip sheet explains the problem with these batteries, offers ways to identify issues, shares safety advice, and addresses battery disposal in a visual manner that is perfect for sharing online, via social media or as a printable resource.

Photo: Safety tip sheet for consumers on lithium ion batteries from the NFPA.

For this media advisory and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

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