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Free Training on Fire and Explosion Hazards from Lithium-Ion Batteries

Posted: Jan. 26, 2023

A new online course helps firefighters understand how hazards develop during lithium-ion battery incidents.

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.

This article is based on content in the
Jan. 26, 2023 InfoGram.

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