Battery Safety

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Lithium ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms, toys and even cars. Take care when using them. In rare cases, they can cause a fire or explosion.

The problem

  • These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space.
  • Sometimes batteries are not used in the correct way. Batteries not designed for a specific use can be dangerous.
  • Like any product, a small number of these batteries are defective. They can overheat, catch fire or explode.

Safety tips

  • 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 correct 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.
  • Keep batteries at room temperature.
  • Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles.
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire.

Signs of a problem

Stop using the battery if you notice these problems – odour, change in colour, too much heat, change in shape, leaking or odd noises. If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire. Call 9-1-1.

Battery disposal

  • Do not put lithium ion batteries in the trash.
  • Recycling is always the best option.
  • Do not put discarded batteries in piles or containers.
  • Take them to a battery recycling location or contact your community for disposal instructions.
  • For more information regarding the  proper disposal of batteries here in Georgina, visit york.ca.  
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