Batteries are everywhere. Look around right now and you’ll probably find half a dozen rechargeable battery devices. While this number is high, rest assured that they are surprisingly safe and rarely catch fire.
However, the risk exists. The good news is that stacks usually give you a warning before turning into a fireball. And if you know the warning signs, you can deal with them before you’re in for a nasty surprise. Here are the warning signs to look out for if your smartphone or laptop battery is about to explode.
Firstly, in the event of an anomaly, your device will get very hot – this is the principle of overheating. This is an important red flag indicating that something serious could happen soon. That’s not all: the device in question could also swell, up to the cracking of the case. Batteries can become very swollen in the event of a malfunction, which can cause smartphone screens to pop out and even bend and swell the cases of laptops and other gadgets.
Other inconveniences may also arise: in this case, an unpleasant chemical smell may come from the device. This is another warning sign. The battery may not be to blame, but any strong smell coming from the gadget is a sign that it needs to be checked. Similarly, the presence of smoke should alert you: it goes without saying that this is a problem that you should not ignore.
Avoid unnecessary risks!
The device may also have charging problems. This may not be an immediate sign that your smartphone, laptop, or other gadget is about to catch fire, but it is a sign that something is wrong, and to be sure, it is best to check this device. The latter can also release liquid. It may not be the battery, but it’s still a warning sign that you shouldn’t ignore. If it’s not a battery, it’s something.
In case of significant damage, do not forget to check your device. If you drop it and the case is dented, crushed or bent, if there is a possibility that the battery has been damaged or punctured, this is a problem you should not ignore. Then the question arises: what to do in case of fire? If you experience any of these symptoms, stop using the device and seek professional help. In the meantime, place the device somewhere where it won’t be a big problem if it catches fire (on a metal pallet, on concrete, on anything that won’t catch fire and spread the fire).
If your device catches fire, do not pour water on it as this may make the situation worse! That’s when the right fire extinguisher can save you! If the fire is small and you don’t have access to a fire extinguisher, covering the appliance with a fireproof object – a metal pan or glass bowl – can help prevent spread. However, don’t risk it in case of fire. It is safest to evacuate the scene and call emergency services.