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Firefighters issue safety warning after charging battery explodes

Redbridge Road, Clacton
02/08/2020 @ 11:19
Incident Number: 127886
In attendance: 1 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley


Firefighters have issued fire safety advice after a lithium ion battery exploded while being charged this morning.

The battery was attached to a power drill and was left charging in a house.

Watch Manager Ben Turner from Clacton Fire Station said: "Thankfully there was not any damage and it didn't cause a fire this time, but incidents like this show how important it is to make sure you know how to store and use battery powered tools correctly. 

  • Only buy from reputable retailers and brand 
  • Look out for the CE mark that indicates chargers comply with European Safety standards
  • Don’t leave items on charge or plugged in overnight or whilst you are out of the house
  • Don’t leave items on charge for long periods
  • Everytime you use the tool check that it is in good working condition, particulary the wiring and connections.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home.
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