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AUG 199
SEPT 183
OCT 201
NOV 205
DEC 201
Total 2282

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MAR 170
APR 145
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JUN 197
JULY 187
AUG 209
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OCT 216
NOV 192
DEC 189
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FEB 141
MAR 187
APR 189
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JUN 177
JULY 238
AUG 210
SEPT 176
OCT 176
NOV 185
DEC 208
Total 2250

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Feb 177
Mar 153
Apr 149
May 171
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July 194
Aug 216
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Oct 187
Nov 202
Dec 156
Total 2141

2019 Incidents
JAN 185
FEB 141
MAR 199
APR 173
MAY 176
JUN 170
JUL 233
AUG 210
SEPT 193
OCT 194
NOV 165
DEC 195
Total 2234

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November 27, 2023

Lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are an everyday convenience in our lives. From cell phones to automobiles, society has embraced the technology enthusiastically.

The technology is not without its hazards. LIBs have emerged as a significant fire threat, causing millions of dollars in property loss and killing dozens of people across the country.

The greatest threat from LIBs is thermal runaway, a condition where the batteries overcharge, ignite explosively, and create thick clouds of poisonous gases.

There are ways to reduce the hazard.
⁃ Be sure your device is UL tested. This single step alone will significantly reduce the likelihood of a fire. UL tested devices give you the confidence the batteries are well constructed and built to a rigorous standard.
⁃ Look for a charging system that wil shut down when the batteries are charged.
⁃ If the charger is not equipped with an automatic shut off, be sure to turn the charger off when the battery is fully charged.
⁃ If the batteries are damaged, replace them or the device immediately.
⁃ Be sure to dispose of the batteries properly when they have reached the end of life or are damaged. Consult your local regulations for proper disposal.

LIB fueled technology is here to stay. The improvements on our quality of life is immeasurable. Treating LIBs with respect, knowing the hazards, and following simple rules of storage, operation, maintenance and care will ensure years of pleasure.

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