Lithium Ion Batteries: How to Protect Yourself

What to know about the batteries in many electronic devices and how to avoid injury.
2:33 | 06/30/14

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investigates. The battery that powers so many of our electronic devices could cause devastating fires. And Mara schiavocampo tells us how to prevent these dangerous accidents. Reporter: Lithium ion batteries. Timy, portable powerhouses used in millions of electronics every day, from cell phones to tablets. How safe are they? Though rare, in some cases lithi lithium ion battery packs burst into flames. Tony Olsen explains. While they are not likely to fail, when they do, it can be catastrophic. Reporter: Like these. This spring, a laptop battery in Pennsylvania exploded, leading to a devastating two-alarm fire. In many cases, it's overheating. Watch when this laptop is blocked and exposed to heat. It's smoking, and the battery getting as hot as 350 degrees. And then -- another issue. In some cases counterfeit batteries in chargers can lead to explosions. If it's counterfeit, no guarantee it meets the safety requirements. Reporter: But dropping them can result in a terrifying reaction. I heard a pop. Reporter: Jaqueline said she caught on fire in April after a cell phone battery accidently dropped, and still recovering from her injuries. Affecting my vocal cords, my sinuses. The left side of my face will be swollen. Reporter: They invest significantly to meet safety standards, and endorsed effective regulation of lithium ion batteries, and support ongoing education efforts. What should you do? The U.S. Consumer products safety conditions said keep them away from metal objects such as coins, keys and jewelry as they can cause electrical problems. And away from liquids, especially salt water. What's important is people use them properly and respect the power that's inside that battery. Reporter: For "Gma," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York.

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