Apartment Residents’ Code of Conduct for Safe Lithium-ion Battery Handling

As apartment residents, it is imperative to prioritise safety when it comes to handling, storing, operating, and charging lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in various electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops, e-cigarettes, and power banks. Improper handling or charging of these batteries can lead to fire hazards and endanger the lives of residents and property. To mitigate these risks, consider enacting the following code of conduct at your strata community.

Storage Guidelines:

    • Store lithium-ion batteries in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and sources of heat.
    • Avoid storing batteries in confined spaces or areas prone to extreme temperatures.
    • Store batteries in a fireproof container or pouch designed for battery storage when not in use.


Operational Practices:

    • Use only batteries and electronic devices from reputable manufacturers with safety certifications.
    • Inspect batteries and devices for any signs of damage, leakage, or swelling before use.
    • Do not use damaged or swollen batteries, and dispose of them properly according to local regulations.


Charging Protocols:

    • Charge lithium-ion batteries on flat, non-flammable surfaces.
    • Do not cover or place flammable materials near charging devices.
    • Avoid overcharging batteries by using chargers with automatic shutoff features or timers.
    • Do not leave batteries charging unattended for extended periods, especially overnight.


Prohibition of Unauthorised Modifications:

    • Do not modify, puncture, disassemble, or attempt to repair lithium-ion batteries or associated devices.
    • Refrain from using third-party chargers, cables, or accessories.


Emergency Preparedness:

    • Familiarise yourself with the location of fire extinguishers and emergency exits in your apartment building.
    • In the event of a battery-related fire, immediately evacuate the premises and contact emergency services.


Disposal Procedures:

    • Dispose of old or unused lithium-ion batteries responsibly by recycling them at designated collection points or facilities.
    • Do not dispose of batteries in regular household waste or incinerate them.


Continuous Education:

    • Stay informed about advancements in lithium-ion battery safety and best practices through reliable sources and community initiatives.


By adhering to these guidelines, apartment residents can collectively contribute to a safer living environment for all. Failure to comply with these safety protocols may create fire risk that could be potentially devastating. Prioritise safety and minimise the risk of fire hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries.

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