Fires caused by lithium-ion batteries have increased dramatically in New York City with deadly consequences. These rechargeable batteries are found in electric bikes and scooters, cars, laptops, tablets, phones and common household devices. Lithium-ion battery fires have caused deaths, serious injuries and devastating damage to property around the city.
You can report improper storage, charging, or disposal of lithium-ion batteries. Your report will be referred to the appropriate Fire Prevention Unit. FDNY will review the report and possibly inspect the location by the next business day. You will get a response within 12 hours of submitting your report.
Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to report the problem.
It is illegal to put rechargeable batteries in your trash or recycling. This includes batteries from laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras. Batteries can catch fire and even explode. Improper disposal can lead to serious property damage, injury, and even death. Keep yourself and others safe by following battery disposal guidelines.