The dangers of 9-volt battery

9 Volt Batteries

A fire destroys a home. The owner barely gets out alive. The fire department investigation determines that the fire’s place of origin is a kitchen “junk” drawer. The cause? Nine-volt batteries, loose in the drawer. A metal object touched the posts of the batteries, causing a short circuit, which created enough heat to start the fire!  


Batteries should be kept in original packaging until ready for use. If loose, keep posts covered with masking, duct, or electrical tape. Whether we’re changing the batteries on our smoke alarms that use 9-volt batteries or using the batteries for other purposes, it’s important to follow these and the additional precautions the tip sheet provides.

Download NFPA's 9VoltBatterySafety 

 



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