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Fire safety in the home

Battery charging

Re-chargeable batteries when used safely power millions of devices every day such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets and mobility scooters. However batteries can present a fire risk when over-charged, short-circuited, submerged in water or if their cases are damaged. Follow these safety tips when charging your devices.

  • Always use the charger that came with your phone, tablet, e-cigarette or mobile device or a genuine replacement. Counterfeit electrical chargers can be deadly, and many fail to meet UK safety regulations leading to fires and injury
  • Don’t leave items continuously on charge (after the charge cycle is complete)
  • Avoid storing, using or charging batteries in extremes of high or low temperatures
  • Protect batteries against being damaged, crushed or punctured and don’t immerse in water
  • Do not cover devices in use, or batteries that are on charge, in case of over heating.