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Keeping battery devices safe

In our increasingly connected world, many of our everyday devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, from smartphones to laptops and even electric toothbrushes. While these batteries have revolutionised the way we live and work, there are important safety considerations to bear in mind…

Written by Will

22 Jan, 2024

A phone on a charger

Lithium-ion batteries are known for their high energy density, making them popular choices for various electronic devices. However, this high energy density also poses a fire risk. Insurance companies have recently reported an increase in the number of claims relating to fires caused by these batteries. Overcharging, physical damage, or manufacturing defects can lead to the battery temperature increasing rapidly, potentially causing a fire.

To prevent this from happening, here are some top tips to keep your devices and home safe:

  1. Avoid Overcharging: Overcharging is a common cause of battery-related issues. Once your device reaches full charge, unplug it promptly to prevent unnecessary stress on the battery.
  2. Use Original Chargers: Always use the charger provided by the device manufacturer. Cheap or counterfeit chargers may not have the necessary safety features, increasing the risk of battery failure. Check that your device has the ‘CE’ safety logo on it.
  3. Inspect for Damage: Regularly inspect your devices for any signs of damage, such as dents, punctures, or swelling. If you notice anything unusual, cease using the device and seek professional advice.
  4. Store Devices Safely: When not in use, store your devices in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Avoid leaving devices on flammable surfaces, such as beds or sofas. You should also avoid bending cables too much as this can cause them to break, exposing wires.
  5. Dispose of Old Batteries Properly: When it's time to replace your device or its battery, make sure to dispose of the old battery correctly. Many local councils and retailers offer battery recycling services.

Following these tips and taking care when charging battery devices can help keep you and your home safe and prevent the unnecessary risk of battery-related fires.

If you have any queries or concerns about fire safety in your home, please get in touch with Melin as soon as possible and we can provide support and guidance.

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