Lithium-ion battery safety campaign kit

Lithium-ion batteries are the fastest growing fire risk in New South Wales. Lithium-ion batteries contain a massive amount of energy in a relatively small space. When lithium-ion batteries fail, that energy is rapidly released which can create explosions, highly toxic fumes and secondary ignitions even after the flames have been extinguished.

The public can prevent hazards by charging safely, being aware of warning signs, disposing of lithium-ion batteries correctly and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.

This toolkit has been developed to help you communicate with your local community about how to safely use and dispose of lithium-ion batteries. It contains assets and resources for you to download and share.

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Battery fire statistics

This chart and table represents battery related fires that have occured during 2023.

Categories Fires Injury
Small portable devices 71 4
Chargers 36 7
Micromobility 67 20
EV or Hybrid Vehicle 3 0
Energy storage systems 20 0
Other / Unspecified 72 7
Total 269 38

Micromobility refers to e-bikes, e-scooters, mobility scooters or golf carts. Personal devices that are used to aid in mobility.

Community resources

General lithium-ion battery safety

E-bike and e-scooter battery safety

Translated resources

Translated safety resources will be available here soon.

Detailed information

For comprehensive information on Lithium-ion batteries, please visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/batteries.

Research

Fire and Rescue NSW is currently leading a collaborative research program on the Safety of Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies (SARET). Click here to learn more about the SARET program.

Glossary of terms

Micromobility

Micromobility refers to e-bikes, e-scooters, mobility scooters or golf carts. Personal devices that are used to aid in mobility.

Contact

Please contact media@fire.nsw.gov.au for media enquires or click here for further information.

Research related enquires

Please contact us at research@fire.nsw.gov.au for all enquiries regarding the program.

Did you know?


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You're twice as likely to die in a home fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm.

Fire and Rescue NSW responds to approximately
4500
residential fires each year.
Half of these fires start in the kitchen, mostly due to unattended cooking.


Electrical appliances and faults cause almost 40% of home fires.