19 Feb 9-Volt Battery Assault
It’s trending news that 9-volt batteries are stored and put away never to be seen until a house burns down and the evidence are remnants of a 9-volt battery, which caused the fire. 9-volt batteries have been the main culprit of many house fires in the recent years. People are not knowledgeable about the safety hazards of a 9-volt battery. The design of the 9-volt battery features a positive and negative posts, due to this design element any object or material that is conducive to electricity may form a circuit if placed over the top of the positive and negative posts. As a result it can ignite flammable materials.
Where not to store your 9-volt batteries:
- In drawers with metal and flammable materials.
- With other batteries, key, paper clips, and change.
- Christmas Bins or tool boxes near steel wool.
Where to properly store your batteries:
- Stored in original packaging until use.
- If stored place piece of electrical tape or masking tape over the exposed post. (pictured above)
Where to throw away your 9-volt batteries:
- Do not throw away with other trash.
- Some states and towns offer collection sites for hazardous household waste such as batteries.
- Contact your city or state officials to determine the best way to dispose of these items.