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Fire Safety – Batteries

Lithium-ion Batteries:
A needle in a haystack with enough charge to destroy a structure overnight.

Other than motor vehicles, waste and recycling centers are one of the biggest lithium-ion battery fire risks Fire Departments face today.  These batteries are the leading cause for recycling center fires alongside aerosol and chemical fire hazards.

The risk begins on the road and only increases once these batteries arrive at your local waste and recycling facility.

If a lithium-ion battery or electronic device that contains one is disposed of in the trash or placed in a recycling bin with other household recyclables, such as plastic, paper or glass, it may become damaged or crushed in transport or from processing and sorting equipment, creaking a ticking time bomb.