The potential for fires to start anywhere and at any time is a real concern, with a wide range of causes. Avon Fire & Rescue Service has recently warned of the dangers posed by lithium-ion batteries in a Facebook post.
Lithium-ion batteries are commonly found in everyday devices and have recently been responsible for several fires in the areas covered by this fire service: Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Although lithium-ion batteries are generally safe, they can become a hazard when they are overcharged, short-circuited, submerged in water, or damaged.
To ensure a safer home, here are some tips that you can follow:
- Always use the appropriate charger
One important tip is to always use the charger that comes with your device, and if you need a replacement, choose a genuine product from a trustworthy supplier.
- Avoid leaving items on charge
It’s also essential to avoid leaving items on charge once the charging cycle is complete and to unplug them instead.
- Don’t leave charging devices unattended
Leaving batteries unattended while charging can increase the risk of a fire, so it’s best to avoid doing this altogether.
- Avoid charging on soft furnishings
Be mindful of where you charge your devices too; soft furnishings like beds and sofas can block ventilation and trap heat, increasing the risk of a fire.
Overloading socket outlets and using inappropriate extension leads can also cause wires to overheat and potentially start a fire. Instead, use uncoiled extensions and ensure the lead is rated for the item you’re plugging into it.
- Ensure fire alarms are installed and functional
Lastly, ensure you have at least one working smoke alarm per floor of your home, and test it regularly to ensure it functions correctly.
At BNS, we understand the importance of fire safety in your home or development. We offer a range of services, including fire alarm installation, maintenance, and testing, to help keep you and safe. Our health and safety support services can also provide you with the guidance and advice you need to reduce the risk of fire in your property.
By following these top tips and staying vigilant, you can reduce the risk of a fire. Protect yourself, your family, and your property from the dangers of fire, and if you need any assistance, contact BNS for help.