Lithium-ion Battery Fire Extinguishers

Fire Safety Advice and Guidance : Lithium-ion Battery Fire Extinguishers

As the number of consumer products and industrial goods powered by lithium-ion batteries increases this presents a much more frequent hazard from this fire risk every day.

If you have a business, are a landlord or property manager do you have communal areas where e -Bikes may be charged?

If so Fire Queen can install the revolutionary and highly effective Lith-Ex Fire Extinguisher range to meet this increasing risk head on and provide a specialist solution for direct protection against it.

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A fresh warning has been issued about the dangers of lithium-ion batteries

Each month news headlines feature warnings of fires caused by lithium- ion batteries ….

But what steps can businesses, landlords, and property managers take to improve fire safety on your premises?

Due to the rising popularity of Li-ion batteries, it’s crucial that businesses and employees who commonly use products and devices powered by lithium-ion batteries understand the associated safety hazards as well as basic handling and storage guidelines to avoid workplace fires and injuries.

If you need fire safety advice for your business, contact Fire Queen

Alternatively, please use the contact form; we will respond promptly.

For all your Fire Protection & Detection needs, contact our Customer Support Team on 0800 731 2748 to arrange a free survey, quotation or just advice.

Fire Queen The Specialists in Fire Extinguisher Servicing & Fire Alarm Maintenance.

Lithium-ion Battery Fire Guidance

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AVD Compound Technology

These technically advanced Fire Extinguishers utilise AVD (Aqueous Vermiculite Dispersion) compound – a ground breaking extinguishing agent – and are engineered for the purpose of tackling high risk fires of a contained size. They are suitable for use in enclosed spaces such as homes, hotel rooms, public transport, road vehicles, marine and aviation.

The Firechief Lith-Ex extinguishers most key feature is the ability to tackle lithium-ion battery fires, such as those which would commonly emanate from personal electronic devices e.g. mobile phones, tablets, laptops and cameras etc. They can really be of benefit to provide protection against fires starting where large quantities of lithium-ion batteries may be stored or left on charge; such as in battery recycling points, product distribution, charging stations and many other situations.

Why choose Lith-Ex?

Water is a suitable asset to aid in cooling and extinguishing Class A fires; however, water naturally flows away from the designated target and therefore necessitates continual discharge until the fire is finally extinguished. This is not an issue for standard Class A fires but for a battery which is in thermal runaway (a condition where the increasing heat of the battery causes a reaction which further increases the heat and continues this heat generating process until all of the stored energy is exhausted), this means that the temperature can rise again after being cooled leading to re-ignition. In this situation an agent which can overpower this reaction without such limitations is necessary.

AVD is a stable dispersion of refractory vermiculite platelets in water. When applied to the initial fire, AVD quickly extinguishes it; the water cools the system, the high surface area mineral platelets interrupt the radical chain reaction and a refractory film forms which impedes oxygen diffusion to the fuel source.

Another advantage of AVD is that as it dries it forms a thermally insulating film which reduces the risk of thermal runaway propagation to adjacent cells. The non-combustible vermiculite film also coats the packaging of adjacent cells preventing the spread of fire. The film also isolates combustible components from the air, preventing ignition.

Lithium Ion Battery Fire Extinguisher

Lithium-ion Battery Fire Extinguishers from Fire Queen.

Fire Safety Advice and Guidance for businesses where Lithium-ion batteries are used

Lith-Ex Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguishers for Lithium Batteries

Fire Queen Limited can supply fire extinguishers for tackling Lithium-Ion battery fires. These high performance Lith-Ex fire extinguishers contain AVD (Aqueous Vermiculite Dispersion) compound – a revolutionary fire extinguishing agent – and are designed to target high risk fires of a limited size. They are suited to confined spaces such as homes, hotel rooms, vehicles, public transport, aviation, marine or leisure and dedicated processes where in all instances fires need to be suppressed in their infancy before developing into a fully established fire.

How it works:

When a lithium-ion cell goes into thermal runaway (increase in temperature) there are multiple possible sources of heat; for example:

  • Combustion – burning of electrolyte, packaging etc.
  • Ohmic – resistive heating caused by high current flow through short circuits
  • Thermodynamic – if the electrodes are no longer isolated, then the system will revert to its lowest energy state for that temperature, as long as the activation energy is met
  • Chemical – reaction of the electrode material with other components of the battery (electrolyte), thermal decomposition of the metal oxide electrode, especially cobalt oxide

In addition to this multitude of mechanisms, the design of the cell often prevents direct access of the extinguishing agent to the source of the fire. Thus, it is difficult to extinguish the fire, permanently cool all of the components to below their auto-ignition temperature and prevent re-ignition by delayed reaction processes.

Firefighter safety tips for charging your devices

  • Always use the charger that came with your phone, tablet, e-cigarette or mobile device.
  • If you need to buy a replacement, always choose a branded, genuine product from a supplier you can trust. There are lots of fakes out there, and it can be difficult to spot the difference.
  • Avoid storing, using or charging batteries at very high or low temperatures.
  • Protect batteries against being damaged – that’s crushed, punctured or immersed in water.
  • Don’t leave items continuously on charge after the charge cycle is complete – it’s best not to leave your phone plugged in overnight for example.
  • Never cover chargers or charging devices – that includes using your laptop power lead in bed.
  • When you travel, avoid keeping all your items containing lithium ion batteries together, especially on a plane. Check with your flight carrier for additional information or advice.
  • Don’t overload your sockets
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Please contact our Customer Support Team to arrange a free survey, or to discuss your requirements with a trained Technical Advisor.

Alternatively, please use the contact form; we will respond promptly.

For all your Fire Protection & Detection needs, contact our Customer Support Team on 0800 731 2748 to arrange a free survey, quotation or just advice.

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