Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging Hunter residents to remain vigilant around Lithium-Ion batteries… especially when they’re charging.
The warning comes after crews from Swansea, Belmont, Tingira Heights and Wallarah attended a fire, sparked by a cordless vacuum cleaner battery, about 1pm on Sunday 11 February at Lake Macquarie.
Thankfully, a working smoke alarm saved the occupant from harm.
The vacuum cleaner was charging inside a unit on the Old Pacific Highway, Swansea, when its Lithium-Ion battery burst into flames.
It then spread to a similar appliance, stored nearby.
After the smoke alarm sounded, the resident – who was cooking in the next room – and neighbours quickly removed both vacuum cleaners and extinguished the fire with water.
Firefighters then rushed to the scene.
They ventilated the unit and immersed the battery in a bucket of water to prevent re-ignition.
“Thanks to the smoke alarm, the apartment suffered only minor damage,” a FRNSW spokesperson said.
“Most importantly, no-one was injured.
“So, please ensure your home is fitted with at least one working smoke alarm and maintain a safety escape plan.”
Further FRNSW advice regarding Lithium-Ion batteries can be found at https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=9389
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