We are Safety Services: Batteries

By: Cory Fleming

Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017

Modern batteries have been providing us with seemingly low-risk energy for decades. Despite the fact that these batteries power many of our household items, it is important to note that they also contain harmful substances like acids and heavy metals.

These batteries have the potential to be dangerous if they are not handled carefully.

As far as general rules go, when storing batteries, store them in a dry place and in their original packaging at normal room temperature until ready to use.

Do not leave batteries in your devices if you suspect it will not be used for several months as after time this may cause the batteries to leak.

Furthermore, do not carry batteries loose in your pocket or purse as they may come in contact with metal objects or other batteries causing them to short and potentially cause a leak, overheating or rupture.

More seriously, lithium batteries may contain toxic sulphur dioxide (SO2) gas under pressure and can also violently react with water to produce hydrogen gas.

As a result of the apparent hazards of batteries, they should never be thrown in the garbage.

It is everyone’s responsibility to familiarize their selves with the battery recycling programs offered by their municipalities or workplaces.

Any comments or questions can be forwarded to +Safety Svcs GSO@4 CDSG Safety Svcs@Petawawa.