Batteries and chargers

Batteries, and chargers, in our everyday items including phones, laptops, cars, e-cigarettes and e-scooters contain dangerous lithium-ion. Follow our advice to reduce the risk of battery fires.

Fire risks of batteries and chargers

Most batteries contain lithium-ion, and are found in items that we use everyday. These batteries power our phones, laptops, mobility scooters, e-cigarettes, e-scooters and much more. Every day millions of people use them safely. However, they can present a serious risk when not used – or charged – in the correct way.

Follow our advice to keep reduce your risk of fire when using battery powered devices or equipment.

Buying safe products

Find out more about product recalls

Advice for charging

Storing batteries safely

Advice for electric bikes, scooters and mobility scooters

Find out more about escooter and ebike safety

Disposing of batteries

If you need to dispose of a damaged or end of life battery, don’t dispose of it in your household waste or usual recycling. These batteries, when punctured or crushed can cause fires in bin lorries, or at recycling or waste centres. The manufacturer of your battery powered device may offer a recycling service. Alternatively, check with your local council for suitable battery recycling arrangements in your area.

Remember, ensure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test you smoke alarms regularly.

In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

Check if your home is fire safe

For free advice unique to you and your home, complete the online Home Fire Safety Check.

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