Sometimes, the most innocent actions we take may end up having dangerous consequences. For instance, that 9-volt battery you throw into the junk drawer to use in your smoke detector? Well, it just might be the cause of smoke - and fire!
On AA, AAA, D, and C batteries, the positive and negative posts are on either end of the unit. Nine-volt batteries house their positive and negative posts together at its head. If those posts come in contact with any of the metals often found in junk drawers (aluminum foil,paper clips, finishing nails, scissors, other batteries, etc.), this can cause the object to heat up and ignite a combustible source like paper or even steel wool. (Watch video)While this may be a cool way to ignite campfires, you sure don't want one starting in a kitchen drawer.
Fires from loose 9-volt batteries have been reported across the country, from Colorado to Kansas and New Hampshire. This is such an unexpected hazard for many that homeowners have launched grassroots public awareness campaigns. And talking about this gives us a good excuse to remind you to always have fully-charged fire extinguishers in your home!
To allay your fears somewhat, a statistical study by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) showed that fires caused by batteries did not make the Most Common Causes of House Fires list. BUT, that being said, we at Cyclone Kleen Upbelieve that even one fire incident is one too many. So, it’s a good idea to know how to prevent this situation from occurring in your home.
To help keep you safe, the NFPA published these guidelines for storing 9-volt batteries:
Single-use (non-rechargeable) batteries manufactured prior to 1996contained mercury and were treated as hazardous waste. They’re now made of common metals deemed non-hazardous by the federal government and can be disposed of in your regular trash in all states except California, where it is illegal to throw away all types of batteries.
One exception are button cell batteries found in items like watches, which are hazardous and should be disposed of like rechargeable batteries
How to recycle single-use batteries:
(Tip: Reduce your need for disposing of single-use batteries by purchasing rechargeable batteries instead. These can be used more than 1,000 times and recycled.)
If your Colorado property has been affected by smokeor fire from any source, Cyclone Kleen Up can assist you with handling your total property and contents restoration. We work with our clients as a team to ensure that every property is returned to its pre-loss condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.