- These batteries store a large amount of energy in a small amount of space.
- Sometimes, batteries are not used correctly: 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.
- 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. Doing so presents and unnecessary fire risk.
- 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 is you notice any of the following problems:
- Change in color
- Too much heat
- Change in shape
- Odd noises
- If it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 9-1-1.
- 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.
- Lithium ion batteries should be placed in a sealed metal container.