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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.
To protect you and your family, it’s essential that your home has working smoke alarms that are regularly tested.