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Posted on: May 8, 2023

Lithium Ion Battery Safety

Lithium Ion Battery Safety Notice


Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are commonly used in home electronics such as phones, laptop computers, tablets, e-scooters, and other devices requiring plug-in charging. These batteries are small and powerful, but when used incorrectly, they can overheat, catch fire, or explode. Fire agencies across California continue to respond to fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.


  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Only use the battery that is designed for the device.
  • Put batteries in the device the right way.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the device.
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch.
  • Do not keep charging the device or device battery after it is fully charged.
  • Plug directly into a wall electrical outlet for charging.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature and away from heat or direct sunlight. Do not charge them at temperatures below 32°F (0°C) or above 105°F (40°C).
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.
  • Do not charge a device while sleeping.
  • Do not charge a device near your primary exit.


  • You notice an odor
  • There is a change in color or shape
  • Too much heat
  • Leaking or odd noises

If any of the above happens and you feel in danger, call 9-1-1. If safe, move the device away from anything that can catch fire.


  • Do not put lithium-ion batteries in the trash.
  • Recycling is always the best option.
  • Take them to a battery recycling location or contact your community for disposal instructions.
  • Do not put discarded batteries in piles.

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