How to be prepared

The best way to prevent lithium-ion battery fires is to make sure that battery handling and storage areas are safe and that staff are trained and work properly.

  1. Identify and understand the risks. A building fire starting from a lithium-ion battery is very dangerous for workers and customers.
  2. Do not attempt to open batteries or remove a battery that is permanently installed in an appliance unless you know what you are doing. If you work with lithium-ion batteries, always think before you start: can the battery catch fire? If it does, what do I do?
  3. Be aware that a lithium-ion battery can cause a fire. Handle batteries according to these instructions. In particular, do not leave unknown batteries lying around! Assess the risk and take the battery to the right place for storage.
  4. Never put lithium-ion batteries or other batteries in rubbish bins.
  5. Find out where your workplace’s initial extinguishing equipment is located and how to deal with a battery fire. Good initial extinguishing equipment includes steel containers with lids, fire blankets and water.
  6. Attend lithium-ion battery fire extinguishing training, if available, and read the building’s emergency plan to find out what to do in the event of a battery fire and where the evacuation routes are.