Know risks of batteries in gifts

Know risks of batteries in gifts
Posted on 12/14/2023
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Many tech and toy gifts like phones, laptops and e-scooters use lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are conveniently rechargeable, but they come with risks. 

If you notice an odor, change in shape, leak or strange noise from a battery, move it away from anything that could catch on fire (if it’s safe to do so) and call 911.

Make sure items that use lithium-ion batteries have been tested by a qualified testing laboratory. Check the packaging for information.

Follow all the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Only use the battery and charger made for the device.

Once the battery is fully charged, unplug it to avoid damage that could cause it to catch fire or explode.

Avoid storing these items in extreme temperatures (below freezing or above 105° F).

When it’s time to dispose of these batteries, recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash. Many big-box home improvement or electronics retailers will accept lithium-ion batteries for recycling.

Published Dec. 14, 2023