Safety tips for lithium-ion batteries

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May is Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International has chosen to highlight safety tips for lithium-ion batteries as the focus. Karyn Charvat with PowerFoward DuPage lists tips to keep your consumer electronics, battery-powered tools, and electric bikes and cars running safely.

Only use authorized equipment and batteries

Lithium-ion batteries and chargers should always be certified by a nationally recognized test laboratory. 

Remove battery from charging device when charging is complete

Once the battery is fully charged, remove it from the charging device. Removing the device will prevent the battery from overheating. 

Keep batteries at room temperature

Issues can occur below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above 105 degrees Fahrenheit—only charge batteries where the temperature can be regulated. 

Keep batteries and charging devices away from heat sources

Remember to keep batteries and charging devices away from anything that can fire. 

Never store lithium-ion batteries in direct sunlight

Batteries stored in direct sunlight can overheat. Also, batteries should not be stored in vehicles. 

Maintenance should be done by a professional

If any batteries or charging devices need maintenance, see a qualified professional. 

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