Guilty as charged? (re Lithium batteries)

By Jim Morrison, Globe Correspondent, Boston Globe, 4/19/2023

As e-bikes, scooters, and hoverboards powered by lithium ion batteries become increasingly popular, fires resulting from their improper use, charging, and storage are also on the rise.

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services does not specifically track fires related to lithium ion batteries, but spokesman Jake Wark said blazes related to batteries in general are increasing in the state.

Fires related to lithium ion batteries are also on the rise nationwide, experts interviewed for this story said.

‘They burn extremely hot’

What makes these batteries so useful is also what makes them dangerous.

“They store a lot of power in a small package,’’ Wark told the Globe via e-mail. “When they burn, they burn extremely hot, release toxic gases, and can reignite even after the fire has been extinguished.’’

Lithium ion batteries come in several sizes and are used in many rechargeable devices. From mobile phones, notebook computers, and wireless headphones to electric cars and e-scooters. More

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