SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Representatives from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the city's Environmental Services Department will today give the public advice and education on how to properly use, store and dispose of lithium-ion batteries.
These rechargeable batteries power many household objects, from cell phones and laptops to e-bikes and electric vehicles, but also pose a risk. There has been an increase in the number of fires caused by these batteries in recent years, many of which are caused by improper storage, overcharging and damaged batteries.
``Our goal is to educate people on the actions they can take to prevent lithium-ion battery fires,'' said Fire-Rescue Department HAZMAT Battalion Chief Robert Rezende. ``These fires burn hotter and faster than typical home fires so it's also important to know what to do to prevent injuries.''
There are precautions people can take when using lithium-ion batteries, including always following the manufacturer's recommendations.
All batteries, not just lithium-ion, are considered hazardous waste in California. Proper disposal of batteries is key to preventing fires, which can cause injuries to firefighters and members of the public, a statement from the Environmental Services Department reads.
ESD provides information on its website on recycling events and appointments to recycle hazardous products at the city's Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Facility, located at the Miramar Landfill entrance, 5161 Convoy St.
``Batteries and other types of hazardous waste must be handled properly and are not to be disposed of at the solid waste landfill,'' said ESD Deputy Director Jim Hay. ``To help residents safely dispose of batteries that are at the end of their useful life, the city offers several collection events throughout the year.
``Residents can also make an appointment, using the Get It Done app, to dispose of batteries at the city's Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Station,'' Hay said.
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