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December 9, 2016

Lithium-ion Batteries and the Dangers of Thermal Runaway

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Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in everyday life and power nearly every modern device. Lithium-ion batteries have tremendous advantages over others, but they also have a serious safety concern known as Thermal Runaway.


Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in everyday life and power nearly every modern device. Lithium-ion batteries have tremendous advantages over others, but they also have a serious safety concern known as Thermal Runaway.

Thermal Runaway is an unstoppable chain reaction within a lithium-ion battery. This causes devices like phones and tablets to catch fire, creating a serious safety hazard. It can occur for many reasons and is especially dangerous in vehicles, aircrafts, or vessels such as submarines. Once a product has caught fire, fire extinguishers and other typical fire-suppressing devices will only make the situation worse. Lithium-ion battery fires do not require oxygen to burn, making it impossible to smother. They also react with many standard extinguishing agents, including water, and will only cause it to worsen. This can be hazardous in any situation, as they are capable of catching fire and releasing toxic gases.

The best way to manage thermal runaway and lithium-ion battery fires is containment. Brimstone Fire Protection has an array of Fire Containment Bags specifically designed to contain devices in thermal runaway. There are a variety of sizes available and the kits include gloves to safely deploy the device and protect the user from reaction. Brimstone Fire Containment bags are used on board the International Space Station where they are a trusted help in preventing disasters if a lithium-ion battery were to catch fire 254 miles above the Earth.

Wrigglesworth Enterprises is proud to offer the full line of Brimstone Fire Bags on GSA Advantage. These bags are essential for aviators, fire departments, naval vessels, or anywhere else where a device in thermal runaway could jeopardize the mission. Wrigglesworth Enterprises advises you to avoid the safety blotter and get Brimstone Fire Bags for all of your essential electronic equipment. You can contact us at sales@wesourceusa.com for pricing and availability!

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