Lithium Ion Batteries

Connor and I were recently at a post-fire loss inspection. In investigating the fire, the fire inspector was considering every possible cause of loss. The fire inspector turned to the insured and asked about any battery operated power tools. Power tools? We all have those in our homes. In talking with the fire inspector, he said that improper usage of battery operated power tools can result in a fire loss. In the case we were reviewing, this was not the case, but this stuck with me. How could I help prevent future losses of power tools?


One of the top tips from the fire inspector was making sure that the battery did not stay on the charger longer than needed. Battery chargers do have safety measures in place to help mitigate over charging, but long-term over charging can still cause issues.


In doing a little research, I happened upon www.takechargeofyourbattery.com. The offer three simple suggestions that may help prevent fires, property damage and personal injury.


  1. Selection- Choose batteries from the original power tool manufacturer, engineered to work optimally with corresponding power tools.

  2. Transport, Use & Storage- Always transport and store your lithium ion battery away from metals such as keys, coins, screws and nails as well as liquids.

  3. Disposal- If your battery reaches the end of its life, don't throw it away. Take it to a recycling center, or place it in a receptacle designed for recycling batteries.

I honestly believe that this won't be new information to many power tool operators. However, how often do we ignore this information when using battery operated power tools? I know I have!


Take time to visit the site and watch the short video. It might just save you hassle down the road.


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