Fire Safety Advice for Batteries – lithium-ion

Rechargeable Li-ion battery with power plugs connector

Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable and are used in many personal electronic products such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, electric toothbrushes, tools, hoverboards, scooters and vaping devices.

When purchasing, using and storing an electrical product that uses a lithium-ion battery, be sure to:

  • buy from a reputable retailer – if the price is too good to be true it probably is
  • refer to manufacturer’s guidance on charging and storing
  • only charge during the day when you are at home
  • always unplug after use
  • register electrical items at
  • avoid storing, using or charging batteries at very high or low temperatures.

Remember to protect batteries against being damaged, such as being crushed, punctured or immersed in water.

Advice by Kent Fire & Rescue Service