Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL’s) Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has created a free online training module, Science of Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries, to help firefighters better understand the physical phenomena that determine how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents.
Fires involving lithium-Ion batteries are increasing rapidly, as they are used in a growing number of applications including:
- Consumer products such as laptops, cell phones and power tools.
- Transportation products such as electric vehicles, electric scooters and other electric mobility devices.
- Power generation within the nation’s electric power grid.
The training is supported by video footage from FSRI’s lithium-ion battery experiments which illustrate the hazards in action. Firefighters can use this foundational understanding of the hazards to develop strategies to mitigate the associated risks.
The self-paced course takes about 1 hour to complete and offers a certificate of completion after successfully passing a multiple-choice test. Access to the course requires a free account with FSRI’s Fire Safety Academy.
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