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While lithium-ion batteries make life easier, they can be dangerous if used, charged or stored incorrectly.
Lithium-ion battery-related fires and explosions can cause property damage, house fires, serious injury and even death. As rechargeable batteries have become more common, so has the number of serious incidents.
A lithium-ion battery fire is very difficult to extinguish with water – battery contents may reignite or explode several days later.
In Australia, lithium-ion batteries are commonly found in rechargeable electrical devices such as:
Most incidents with lithium-ion batteries occur while recharging. It is important to:
Authentic charging devices
More tips for consumers on how to avoid the fire risk from these batteries visit Building and Energy's Lithium-ion battery safety page