Fire-safety hazards of lithium-ion batteries featured in latest NFPA Journal

Published on March 15, 2012

Issue includes warehouse fire detection, safety in confined spaces, and preview of NFPA 2012 Conference & Expo 

March 15, 2012- The latest issue of the NFPA Journal®, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), focuses on concerns related to fire-safety hazards of lithium-ion battery use in its cover story, “Elemental Questions,” NFPA has conducted research and established several partnerships to study and address fire-safety risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, a fuel source used for hundreds of millions of devices.

The electric vehicle industry has invested heavily in lithium-ion technology to power its products and the rise in the number of electric vehicles on roads presents new challenges for emergency responders. A recent incident involving a Chevrolet Volt which caught fire a few weeks after passing a crash test brought closer examination to issues related to lithium-ion batteries in vehicles and NFPA is working with government agencies, insurers, and car manufacturers to address these issues on a national scale.

NFPA’s senior project manager of the Electric Vehicle Safety Training Program, Andrew Klock, gives insight into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new electric vehicle guidelines and how they can help emergency responders.

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