Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly found in devices and systems that the public and first responders use or interact with daily. While these batteries provide an effective and efficient power source, the likelihood of them overheating, catching on fire, and even leading to explosions increases when damaged or improperly used, charged, or stored. Damage to lithium batteries can occur immediately or over a period of time, from physical impact, exposure to certain temperatures, and/or improper charging.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for storage, use, charging, and maintenance.
- Only use the charging cord that came with the device. If the charging cord needs to be replaced, purchase from the manufacturer
- Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or on a couch
- Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire
- Remove lithium-powered devices and batteries from the charger once they are fully charged
- Never use aftermarket or generic batteries or chargers
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