First Responder Safety: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in a number of widely used devices, including e-mobility devices (e-bikes / scooters), electric vehicles, portable energy storage systems, and solar installations. It’s important to identify lithium-ion battery fires due to the unique threats caused by the batteries. Lithium-ion Uses Cellphones Backup batteries Laptops Electric vehicles Commercial and residential solar […]

First Responder Safety – How to Extinguish: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

How to Extinguish Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Lithium-ion battery fires have unique threats, which include reignition and explosion, if they are not extinguished properly. Hazardous energy may still exist even after the battery or device is shut down. Electrolyte Spills Identify chemistry involved to know the response. Reference any pre-plan info if available.  Interview any knowledgeable […]

Energy Storage System Electrical Safety for First Responders

Understand the Unique Risks When Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Are Involved Where are Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Located Residential settings, usually near the electrical panel Microgrids Commercial Critical infrastructure  Utilities Mitigation and Emergency Response Is the system active or shut down? Are there abnormal temperature readings? Is there smoke or toxic or flammable gas present? […]

Photovoltaic Safety for First Responders

Understand the Unique Risks when a PV (Solar) System is Involved Pre-Incident Planning Contact building officials to see where PV systems are installed. Request to be notified when new PV is installed PV Panels and Arrays Locate which portion of the roof has the PV system  Follow conduit to locate where PV may be installed […]