A new campaign is bringing attention to a fire hazard that many Californians may not realize. Hilary Gans, from Call-2-Recycle, says to avoid a spark, it’s crucial to be battery smart.
Lithium batteries used to be limited to electronic devices like laptops or cell phones, but have recently become more popular for a variety of uses. But when those batteries are not properly stored or recycled, they can cause major damage. Gans says that 65-percent of waste facility fires are caused by lithium-ion batteries. Lithium batteries must be stored in cool places to avoid overheating and they must never be thrown away in the garbage at the end of its life.