House fires caused by loose batteries

Where do you keep your spare batteries?  If you are anything like most people, they will be discarded in a junk drawer, in amongst the rest of the household clutter you’d like hidden from the world.

If you do chuck your 9v and AA batteries in a drawer, then it might be wise to think again.  All you need to happen is for a paperclip, or a a piece of steel wool, another battery – in fact anything metallic, to come into contact with the terminals and you might start yourself an unwanted fire in a drawer.  It really doesn’t take much to heat that paperclip, or for it to spark to ignite paper or card stored in the junk drawer along with everything else..

Furthermore, what do you do with your spent batteries?  Whiz them in a bin?  The same problem can occur – a used 9v battery really could burn down your house.

A 9 volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative terminals are on top, right next to one another.  If this comes into contact with anything metal, it will spark, and if there is a fuel for this spark you will have a fire.

When you dispose of this type of battery (positive and negative on top) cover the terminals with some insulation tape or something to keep it separated from anything else that may come in contact with it.  A small box or zip lock bag if kept in a junk drawer should suffice.

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