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Battery Safety

July 22, 2015

Think about the many devices that require batteries. Now, think about how many of those devices you own or have around the office. How many of those do you use on a daily basis?

From the moment we wake up, we use batteries. Whether you turn off your alarm clock, or even if we’re being honest here, hit snooze, turn on the T.V. for current news updates, start your car engines or power up your computer, or all of the above, you use some kind of battery. While there are many significant uses for batteries, there is also an increased danger associated if not used or disposed of correctly.

Follow these simple tips for battery safety:

Do:

  • Insert batteries properly, matching the positive (+) and negative (-) symbols on the product with those ends of the battery.
  • Preserve battery life by turning off devices when not in use.
  • Store unused batteries in a cool, dry place (but not in the refrigerator).
  • Dispose of properly based on your state’s laws. Visit call2recycle.org to find the recycling laws in your state and where to recycle.

Don’t:

  • Store used batteries in a pile. Acid can leak and cause other batteries to rupture creating hazardous gas emissions, personal injury and, sometimes, spontaneous combustion.
  • Dispose of batteries in a fire. They may rupture or leak.
  • Carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This will short-circuit the battery, generating high heat.
  • Recharge a battery unless it is specifically marked “rechargeable.” This could result in a leak or rupture.
  • Don’t mix old and new batteries, or different types of batteries. This can cause rupture or leakage, resulting in personal injury or property damage.

*Extra Tips to Prepare for an Emergency:

  • Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Consider using Daylight Saving Time, as a bi-yearly reminder to change the batteries.
  • Check the batteries in your flashlight.