Power tool battery explosion in Darwin vehicle causes safety warning

by | Feb 10, 2022 | News Brief | 0 comments

A bizarre power tool explosion in a Darwin car has authorities issuing a warning to Territorians about the risk of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.

NT WorkSafe said a vehicle owner left a cordless impact wrench with the lithium-ion battery attached on the back seat when it exploded over the weekend. They did not

The explosion ignited other material left on the seat and severely damaged the interior of the vehicle.

NT WorkSafe said the cordless impact wrench and battery was manufactured by a “reputable company” but did not name it.

The incident happened on the afternoon of January 23 in Darwin when the outside temperature was approximately at 31C.

NT WorkSafe’s Director Technical Services, Mr Anthony Waite said that while lithium-ion batteries have become an “integral part of modern society” this incident is a timely reminder for everyone about the potential dangers the batteries pose if they are not stored correctly.

“Lithium-ion batteries are classified as a dangerous good, under the Australia Dangerous Goods Code,” Mr Waite said.

“This means there are specific requirements to package, store and transport these types of batteries and the devices and equipment they are found in due to the potential dangers the batteries pose.

“The main message we have is not to leave or store lithium-ion batteries in hot areas or in direct sunlight, as they can explode and cause a fire risk in your business or home.

“Fortunately, in this incident, the vehicle was unoccupied, and no one was injured.”

NT WorkSafe shared the following control measures to prevent a similar incident from occurring:

  • Do not store or leave lithium-ion power tool batteries in areas that can become hot or in direct sunlight.
  • If you need to store lithium-ion power tool batteries in vehicles or areas that can become hot, undertake a risk assessment of available non-flammable storage options to contain a potential explosion of the battery and resulting fire.
  • Provide appropriate information or training to all staff on the correct storage of battery-operated power tools.
  • Review where batteries are charged and stored and ensure flammable materials are not present.
  • Follow the battery manufacturer’s advice.
  • Discuss the storage and transportation of lithium-ion batteries with your insurer to ensure you are covered in the event of a battery fire.

These are the warning signs and what to look for a possible defective lithium-ion batteries:

  • Heat: It’s completely normal for batteries to generate some heat when charging or in use. But if your device’s lithium-ion battery feels extremely hot to the touch, there’s a good chance it’s defective and at risk of starting a fire.
  • Swelling: When a lithium battery fails, another common sign is battery swelling. If the shape of your battery has changed, or it looks swollen, you should stop using it immediately. Similar signs include any type of lump or bulge, or leakage from the device.
  • Noise: Failing lithium batteries have also been reported to make hissing or cracking sounds.
  • Odour: If you notice a strong or unusual odour coming from the battery, this is also a bad sign.
  • Smoke: This one’s a little more obvious. But if your device is smoking, a fire has already started.
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