We have all been known to bend a few rules, put off a task due to other priorities, or take the risk with that 3-day old to go box in the refrigerator. However, when it comes to battery safety we must step up and heed precautions to protect ourselves. With many smokers turning to vaping as an alternative, they will come into this industry without being familiar with what is presumed to be common knowledge. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to convey the risks to your consumers and spread awareness for responsible habits.
Here are seven simple battery safety tips:
Purchase devices that have safety features
The industry has come a long way in the past several years when it comes to improving safety measures. But being aware of which features you have and how to use them is still important. Most devices have lock features on the firing button yet knowing how to activate and deactivate the firing button varies. When someone purchases a device, they should be equipped with the knowledge of these features and taking the extra time to teach them can protect your business in the long run.
Keep extra batteries in a case
With long working hours and a full schedule, you will want to bring an extra set of batteries with you. However, they need to be protected! Even a properly wrapped battery can pose a danger when in contact with metals such as coins, keys, jewelry and other metals found in your pocket or purse.
Don’t charge your device with a phone or tablet charger
As tempting as it may be to use that phone charger and plug it into your computer, DO NOT DO IT! Put the phone charger down! With wattage specifications, input and outputs, your charger was specifically designed for your vape. Charging with another cord, or worse with an unstable power source, can pose serious danger.
Don’t charge your batteries overnight
Not only can this lead to poor performance by overcharging your batteries, but leaving any electronic device charging unattended can pose a risk. Electronic failures, while rare, still happen.
Re-wrap or buy new batteries
When your battery wrap wears down from day to day use you will notice the wrap will begin to tear. This creates an unstable connection and can cause a misfire. If you notice the signs of deterioration, either rewrap it or get new batteries.
Avoid extreme temperatures
Whether you are in the Las Vegas heat, or the Chicago winter chill, do not leave your batteries in your car. Exposure to extreme temperatures not only limits the life span of your batteries, but extreme temperatures can cause them to exceed their safety limits.
Do not throw your batteries in the trash
When the time comes that you need new batteries, do not toss them in the trash bin. A battery can short-circuit and cause serious hazard risk, not only for you but also for your city’s waste management team. Recycle your batteries!
If you experience any battery safety issues, be sure to report it to the FDA using their Safety Reporting Portal at https://www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov/