How do you use batteries safely?
Although batteries are useful and necessary for our daily lives, they do come with their own sets of dangers. To be a responsible battery user you have to store your batteries the correct way, use them appropriately and dispose your batteries properly.
What is the correct way to store batteries?
When storing batteries, it is a good idea to keep them in their original protective packaging until they are needed. This will help you keep them seperated according to brand and age, allowing you to easily identify which ones are okay for you to use. If you want to restore rechargeable batteries, be sure to check their charge regularly to ensure if they are still functional. Avoid storing batteries in hot locations, they should remain below room temperature to ensure that they can be used safely later on.
How do you use batteries appropriately?
Only buy batteries from trusted brands and battery manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that you are using a quality product that can be used safely. When a battery is depleted, to avoid leakage or damage, it should be replaced immediately and disposed of properly. Last but not least, batteries that are not labelled as rechargeable should never be charged.
How do I dispose batteries properly?
Never crush or burn a discarded battery, since this could result in ruptures or leakages of battery acid which may be corrosive and pose a danger of toxicity or contamination. Batteries thrown into fires may even pose a risk of explosion. Normal batteries are fine to dispose of with general household waste, but rechargeable ones should rather be recycled.
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