Be Battery Smart - Be Safe at Home

Battery Guy/Sparky at home

All batteries can be hazardous to your home and health if not used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are general recommendations to help you use batteries safely.


  • Don’t use batteries that are damaged (e.g., dented, swollen).
  • Do not allow children to install batteries.
  • Install properly to avoid potential overheating.
  • Do not mix different types of batteries (e.g., old batteries with new or rechargeable batteries with non-rechargeable).


  • Maintain awareness of easily forgotten batteries (e.g., remote control devices for electronics or vehicles). Many devices contain lithium batteries the size of a coin, which could pose a hazard if neglected.
  • Don't let children take battery-operated items to bed. Burns and other injuries can occur if the batteries leak or overheat during the night.
  • Stop using a device if a battery shows signs of damage.


  • Store batteries safely: in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children.
  • Store batteries away from household chemicals, heat or direct sunlight, medicine, and food.
  • Store batteries away from anything flammable.
  • If you see a swollen battery, immediately put it in a non-flammable material such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. Do not throw it away. Immediately contact Call2Recycle customer service at 1-877-723-1297 or the manufacturer for instructions, especially if the label says it is lithium or lithium-Ion.
  • Remove and safely store batteries from devices that you won't use for a long time, such as seasonal decorations or old toys.


  • Always use the correct battery, cord, and power adapter.
  • Always plug directly into a wall electrical outlet for charging.
  • Do not continue to charge the battery once it is fully charged.
  • Do not charge a device while sleeping.
  • Do not charge a device under pillows or bedding or on top of beds or sofas.
  • Do not charge near the primary exit of the room.

End-of-life battery management

Recycling is the preferred option for all batteries. Learn more at Be Battery Smart: Recycle Right – and Safely.


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