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Health & Safety Alert: Fire safety of lithium-ion batteries

Health & Safety Alert: Fire safety of lithium-ion batteries

31 May 2019

As the number of EVs, PHEV’s and hybrid vehicles on our roads increase, so do the potential risks associated with the lithium-ion batteries that power them.

A new report published by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has been released that examines the technology behind these batteries, fire hazards and risks, how to handle incidents and risk management routines.

There are many different types of lithium-ion batteries, all with different chemistries, packaging and the way they are integrated into vehicles, but one commonality with these batteries is that they must be kept within a specific voltage and temperature range. These limits can be exceeded if the battery or its casing become damaged due to an accident or even a fault with the vehicle.

As more lithium-ion battery powered vehicles are in use on the roads there will be a greater the risk of them becoming involved in accidents, which poses threats to everyone involved including responders and those associated with repairing the car. Therefore, it is vital to understand how these batteries work and how to identify, manage and prevent fire hazards.

We strongly recommend that you read the full report and keep it on hand when working on vehicles powered by this type of battery.

Download the full report here – Fire Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries in Road Vehicles

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call the direct member helpline or 0845 305 4230.