Dangerous: Unattended storing and charging of batteries.
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Frequent, sometimes weekly accidents and countless damages prove: that the unattended charging and storing of batteries, for example overnight, poses great risks and dangers. People were admitted to hospitals with smoke inhalation and burns. High property damages, leading to the financial ruin of companies and other organizations.
In order to maintain the insurance cover, managing directors or their equivalent, must provide suitable storage and charging solutions for
lithium-ion batteries. They are responsible for:
1.their employees and are obliged to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
2. They are also personally liable if inadequate fire protection measures are taken. This includes damage to property, possible damage to neighbouring facilities and, if necessary, the costs for large-scale evacuation measures.
These are the sad and distressing consequences of improper storage and charging of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries pose major fire and eruption hazards.
Damaged batteries can, under certain circumstances spontaneously ignite or become unstable and explode when heated. According to the ADR lithium-ion batteries are clearly classified as hazardous materials and therefore must be handled appropriately.
Requirements for the storage of the hazardous materials by legislative bodies do not yet exist. The fact that numerous insurance companies and associations, have included clear guidelines in their contracts, shows the acute need for action.
According to insurers and associations, batteries of medium capacity must spatially or structurally (in a fire-resistant manner) be separated from other areas. Spatial separation by storing the defective batteries outdoors is only possible if there is a safety distance of 10 m surrounding the area.
In addition, you must take the manufacturer's instructions for storage into account.
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