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Published on 20 Sep 2021

From 18 September to 3 October 2021

This year's Safety Fortnight focuses on how to recharge your batteries safely.

Batteries are full of energy. Convenient, but they can also be a source of danger.
Batteries, their chargers and cables can catch fire and cause a fire.

Do you charge the batteries of your mobile phone, laptop or tablet while you sleep?
This is convenient because you can go about your business again the next day. But it's not a good idea.
Did you know that your devices can catch fire due to the heat they give off and that using a non-original charger increases the risk of fire?

We don't pay enough attention to the fact that charging the batteries of our devices can cause a house fire. A good night's sleep should only allow you to recharge your own batteries, not those of your appliances.

Therefore, follow these safety tips:

  • When recharging your device, place it on a stable, non-combustible surface
  • Only charge in an area with a smoke alarm and stay close by
  • Always use the original charger and make sure it is not damaged 
  • Never leave your device in the sun
  • Do not place anything on top of your device to avoid overheating
  • Keep flammable materials away from your device (e.g. not on your bed or on a chair)
  • Unplug your charger as soon as the battery is fully charged
  • Every battery is different. Read the instructions carefully to find out how to use it correctly,
  • Is the battery in your device damaged, defective or out of order? Don't wait to take it to a recycling centre. In the meantime, place it in a safe place, for example outside
  • Never repair a battery yourself.

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