NFPA highlights lithium-ion battery fire risks during National Electrical Safety Month

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NFPA offers free resources to address fire risks from lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in various daily devices like smartphones, laptops, and electric vehicles, leading to a noticeable rise in related fire incidents.

During National Electrical Safety Month, the focus from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is on educating consumers about the potential dangers of lithium-ion batteries and offering guidance on their safe usage, charging, and storage.

The campaign, supported by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), aims to enhance public awareness of electrical hazards, the significance of electrical fire safety, and electrical worker safety throughout May.

NFPA’s role and resources provided

The NFPA has joined forces with ESFI this month to distribute free educational materials aimed at reducing lithium-ion battery-related injuries and property damage.

These resources are designed for firefighters and first responders to use in community outreach, enhancing public safety measures.

Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy, highlighted the importance of proper handling of lithium-ion batteries: “Lithium-ion batteries power the lives of millions of people every day, but what many consumers may not know is that these batteries can pose a fire risk if they are used or recharged improperly, are damaged, or fail to operate safely.

“During Electrical Safety Month, NFPA is taking action to help educate the public about ways they can protect their lithium-ion battery-powered devices and vehicles and safeguard their families and property.”

NFPA’s detailed resources and information availability

NFPA has made a variety of resources available to the public and first responders, including safety tip sheets, social media cards, and educational videos.

These are accessible through dedicated sections on their website, focusing on general lithium-ion safety, as well as specific considerations for e-bikes, e-scooters, and electric vehicles.

Furthermore, NFPA provides training and materials for emergency personnel on handling fires involving alternative fuel vehicles, highlighting their commitment to comprehensive safety education and resource provision.

IFSJ Comment

The NFPA’s proactive approach during National Electrical Safety Month plays a crucial role in mitigating the fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries.

By providing extensive resources and engaging in public outreach, the NFPA not only enhances individual safety but also supports community resilience against potential fire incidents.

Such educational initiatives are essential for fostering a safer environment for the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in various consumer devices and vehicles.

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