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Li-ion batteries risks

The importance of training on lithium-ion batteries fire mitigation risks

Date: 06.03.2023

Cell phone catching on fire

A recap of 2023 Safety Stand Down

Safety Stand Down, which is a joint initiative by the IAFC, NVFC, NFPA and FDSOA, is held during the third week of June each year and encourages fire and emergency service organizations to suspend all non-emergency activities and focus on how they can increase their safety efforts. This year, the event focused on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

Why Li-ion batteries are a possible threat to responders and their communities

These rechargeable batteries are extremely common—found in cellphones, power tools, cars, micromobility devices (like e-bikes, scooters and hoverboards), lawnmowers and more—and if they're not stored, used or disposed-of correctly, they can overheat, catch fire or explode and present unique fire mitigation risks.

Keeping Li-ion batteries risks top-of-mind

Whether or not your organization recognized Safety Stand Down in 2023, it’s vital to continue to (or begin to) focus on the evolving risks of Li-ion batteries. Because, if you haven't responded to your first battery fire yet, that time is likely coming soon—and it's time to prepare.

Here are examples of 4 everyday Li-ion battery risks that could pose unique challenges to your firefighters:

We thank you for taking the time to learn more about this evolving risk, prioritizing your members' well-being and continuing to address your everchanging risks!