What Happens After a Lithium-Ion Battery Fire?

What Happens After a Lithium-Ion Battery Fire?

From smartphones to electric scooters, bikes, golf carts, mobility aides and vehicles, lithium-ion batteries power our modern world. While they offer numerous benefits like high energy density and lightweight design, they also pose significant fire hazards due to thermal runaway.

Thermal runaway occurs when a batteries internal temperature increases rapidly, triggering a chain reaction of chemical and physical processes. This reaction releases heat and gases, potentially leading to ignition or explosion. During a lithium-ion battery fire, toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen fluoride, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released. These corrosive gases can also damage building materials, weakening them over time.

Steamatic Australia: Comprehensive Restoration Process

Steamatic Australia specialises in fire restoration, with a certified team of lithium-ion battery fire specialists, our process begins with a thorough air quality assessment to ensure no harmful fumes or residues remain. Following this, we start decontamination and restoration using state-of-the-art equipment and adhering to IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) protocols. These guidelines ensure thorough cleaning, focusing on removing soot, residue, and odours that compromise indoor air quality and damage surfaces. Prompt action is essential as smoke particles can penetrate porous materials, leading to discolouration and deterioration.

Advanced Smoke and Soot Decontamination Techniques

Our team uses advanced technologies like BioSweep’s photocatalytic oxidation system to remove contaminants in the air without dangerous chemicals. This non-toxic process ensures safe air purification. We also deploy specialist laser cleaning and magnetic sponges that attract and remove soot, ensuring thorough decontamination.

Safety First: PPE Protocols

Our certified technicians are acutely aware of the health risks posed by toxic gases released during lithium-ion battery fires. They follow rigorous PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) protocols, including the use of respirators, gloves, and protective clothing, to prevent exposure to harmful substances.

By combining our expertise with strict adherence to IICRC standards and comprehensive PPE protocols, we ensure a safe and effective restoration process, returning affected areas to a habitable condition.

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