An official warning says phones, laptops, and even robot vacuum cleaners can explode at any moment
Manufacturers mostly use lithium-ion batteries to make smartphones, laptops, household appliances, and even children's toys. But despite this popularity, the battery is dangerous for people because it can easily catch fire.
This was reported by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which published a report warning about the product's danger. It states that lithium-ion batteries pose a "rare but serious fire hazard" due to the volatile liquid that can evaporate quickly.
If the device overheats, the liquid can catch fire. Such a fire is difficult to extinguish because the batteries create a chain reaction and the fire spreads to other objects.
The ACCC reported that in July 2023, an Australian man died due to an electric bike fire. A faulty lithium-ion battery triggered a fire that engulfed the entire first floor of the house and a nearby car.
Fourteen fire trucks were called to extinguish the fire, and rescuers fought all night to prevent the battery from reigniting.
According to the organization, the demand for lithium-ion batteries is only growing as our lives become more technology-driven.
How to avoid a battery fire:
- Use safe charging methods for your devices;
- Unplug devices when they are fully charged;
- Charge the battery in a cool and dry place, away from flammable materials (sofa, bed, carpet);
- Do not use the devices if you see signs of overheating;
- Dispose of batteries properly, do not just throw them in the trash.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL shared what you need to do to keep your smartphone charged longer.