City of Erie Fire Inspector warns of battery-caused structure fires

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On Friday, City of Erie Fire Inspector Darren J. Hart issued a warning through a press release about the dangers of Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer batteries.

Since March, the Erie Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau has investigated three structure fires
which potentially involved Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries. These fires are suspected to be caused by batteries from a remote control car, a drone, and a stick vacuum.

The Erie Fire Department would like to remind it’s residents of several points when it comes to batteries.

  • Please read directions and follow all recommendations when it comes to charging batteries.
  • Although considerably cheaper, after market batteries can come from places that do not have sufficient
    quality control or safety standards. Buy the brand name battery that corresponds to the item you have.
  • Battery chargers that are not specifically designed for a particular battery can cause a battery to fail.
  • If a battery is damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Do not store batteries in areas of extreme heat or extreme cold.
  • If you are going to charge a battery that has been stored in a place of extreme heat or cold, do not
    immediately charge it, let the battery settle or it will heat up unevenly and could fail.

Below are two YouTube videos that show fires involving (LiPo) batteries.
How to store LiPo battery safely – In depth LiPo fire tests
Lipo Explosion Lipo Fire RC Lipo Battery Explodes at home

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