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Smart Phone Battery Explodes and Starts a Fire in Beckley Home?

4/16/2024 (Permalink)

A smartphone is on fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team has been restoring fire damage in Raleigh County for many years. Although a rare occurrence, cell phone batteries can explode and start fires. Lithium-ion batteries, commonly used in smartphones and other portable electronic devices, can sometimes fail due to manufacturing defects, physical damage, or improper use (such as using unauthorized chargers or exposing the battery to extreme temperatures).

When a lithium-ion battery fails, it can release flammable electrolytes and generate heat, leading to pressure buildup inside the casing. In extreme cases, this pressure can cause the battery to rupture or explode, potentially resulting in a fire.

To mitigate the risk of battery-related incidents, smartphone manufacturers implement various safety measures, including rigorous testing of batteries and charging systems and incorporating features like temperature sensors and circuitry to prevent overcharging or overheating.

However, users can also help reduce the risk by following best practices such as using genuine accessories, avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures, and not physically damaging the device. For instance, a smartphone battery appears swollen, injured, or behaving abnormally (such as overheating during charging). In that case, stopping using the device and seeking assistance from the manufacturer or a qualified technician is essential.

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When a lithium battery explodes in your Beckley home or commercial business and you need fire damage restoration services, our local Beckley team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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