Batteries of all shapes and sizes form an integral part of our daily life, whether they power our phones to enable communication, keep the clock on the wall running, or are being used in appliances in and outside of the home, there is no denying that we all use them at some point or another. Though as useful and necessary as they are for our daily lives, they do come with their own sets of dangers. Which is why, as an end-user of a battery product, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with how to use them safely. Doing so will not only keep your family and appliances protected, but will also let you do your part for lessening humanity’s impact on the planet.
So, to help you be a responsible battery user, here are a few simple tips on how to use them safely:
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 separated according to make and age, allowing you to easily identify which ones are okay for you to use. When storing rechargeable batteries, be sure to check their charge regularly to ensure they are still functional.
Avoid storing them in hot locations such as in the car or anywhere with excessive sunlight; they should remain at, or below room temperature to ensure that they can be used safely later on. Be sure too to keep them out of humid or damp environments to eliminate the chance of galvanic corrosion or rust, while ensuring that they are not being interfered with by any electrical conduction.
Using them appropriately
Be sure to source batteries only from trusted brands and battery manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that you are using a quality product that can be used safely, while only using the appropriate type of battery to power appliances. When a battery is depleted, to avoid leakage or damage, it should be replaced immediately, and disposed of properly. Batteries that are not specifically labelled as rechargeable should never be charged, and under no circumstances (even after depletion) should they be given to young children, or left in places where they can be easily accessed by them.
Disposing of 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. While normal batteries are fine to dispose of with general household waste, rechargeable ones should rather be recycled.
Contact Just Batteries for details
For more information on sourcing batteries for your needs, or to find out more details on our products and services, contact a consultant from Just Batteries today, and speak with us to find out more.