Many of the gadgets you can't live without–-cell phones, laptops, and BlackBerries, for example--are most likely energized by lithium-ion batteries. Deemed today's power source of choice for most electronics, these batteries have an exceptional chemistry that has only increased their popularity over the years.
As lithium battery usage swells, so do concerns related to the fire-safety hazards of these devices. NFPA has been proactively addressing these concerns through a series of endeavors. In the March/April edition of NFPA Journal, a feature highlights a new project by the Fire Protection Research Foundation that addresses battery storage issues, as well as NFPA's involvement following an investigation by a governmental agency that examined lithium battery fires involving specific electric vehicles.
Check your mailboxes soon for the print version of the new issue. In the meantime, read a news story on a recent fire in San Antonio, Texas, that was possibly prompted by the charging of lithium batteries.