Disposing of Your Batteries the Right Way

Disposing of your batteries the right way and the wrong way can mean the difference between keeping your home the way it is or a house fire. Depending on the type of battery, decides how the battery should be disposed of. Did you know that improperly disposing of a battery can lead to a house fire? Shockingly, it does happen. Complete DKI has some tips on how to properly dispose of and store your unused batteries.

Whether it is an AA, AAA, C, or a 9 volt battery, they need to be stored and disposed of properly. Most people just throw a battery into their garbage can once it’s out of “juice” but stop right there! That is the last thing you want to do. If the battery were to make contact with another object in the right way, it could result in a fire. That said, homeowners should always follow these guidelines:

  1. NEVER dispose of alkaline batteries in the regular trash. They contain many heavy metals and acids that can potentially leak and cause harm. They should be put with the rest of your household hazardous waste for special recycling.
  2. 9 volt batteries (the rectangular kind) should have electrical tape (or any other type of non-conducting tape) placed over their posts so that the risk for a fire due to disposing of them can be eliminated. Ironic since 9 volt batteries are mainly used in smoke detectors!

 

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You should also know how to properly store your batteries. The risk of a battery catching fire by making connection with another is even greater when the batteries are full of “juice”.  So, what’s the proper way to store your batteries?

  1. If at all possible, keep batteries in their original packaging.
  2. Keep them in a dry, cool location.
  3. ALWAYS store batteries facing one direction. That means all positive ends facing one way and all negative ends facing the other way.
  4. Leave the plastic caps on the terminals of your 9 volt batteries until you are ready to use them.

FUN FACT: Although you are supposed to store batteries in a cool, dry place. It is NOT necessary and does almost no good to store them in the fridge.

Complete DKI responds to fire damages year round. While a fire due to a battery is rare, it can happen. Check out one case here. If you are in need of fire damage cleanup in Pensacola, give Complete DKI a call at 850.225.5354. Our technicians and staff are here for you 24/7.

 

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