Lithium-Ion Fire Extinguisher: Facts and FAQs

29 June 2023 in Building, Commercial

Lithium-Ion Fire Extinguisher: Facts and FAQs


Introducing our revolutionary Lithium-Ion Fire Extinguisher from AVD technologies. Fires can be devastating, especially those involving the litany of new products containing lithium-ion batteries.

Our innovative li-ion fire extinguisher is specifically designed to tackle these types of fires, providing unparalleled fire protection. With cutting-edge technology and a user-friendly design, our compact and lightweight extinguisher is accessible for both residential and commercial use. Join us as we explore the science and technology behind this extraordinary product and embrace the future of fire safety together. 

Causes of Lithium-ion fires

Your general lithium ion battery fire is extremely dangerous and they have become more common with widespread use of li-ion batteries. You will find the most common causes of lithium battery fires include damage or impact, overarching, loadshedding, heat exposure, and short-circuiting.

How do you put out lithium-ion fires safely?

Our new AVD li-ion fire extinguisher works fast, minimising any chance of battery explosion. You can learn everything you need to know about lithium-ion fire extinguishers, as well as AVD, a new suppressant using revolutionary technology to cool, control and extinguish fires fast right here, right now.

How is a lithium-ion fire extinguisher different from a standard one?

Normal fire extinguishers for category A or B fires (that do not involve hazardous fuels or materials) do not work as well on battery-related fires. A lithium-based fire extinguisher may contain Lithium Oxide (lOi) along with several other oxides.

AVD is a new type of li-ion battery fire suppressant designed to control and extinguish battery fires more effectively. The active compounds in this suppressant are derived from naturally occurring vermiculite.

AVD stands for Aqueous Vermiculite Dispersion. It is a revolutionary new technology with unique properties – keep reading for more information.

Find out more about the AVD Technology on their website.

What are the advantages of AVD lithium-ion fire extinguishers for battery fire control over standard extinguishers?

The pros to using AVD fire extinguishers include:

  • Effectiveness: This li-ion fire extinguisher delivers suppressant as a mist which creates a film over the fire. This film dries fast to create a non-flammable barrier starving the fire of oxygen.
  • Instant cooling: The revolutionary tech in AVD fire suppressant provides enhanced, almost instant cooling.
  • Insulation preventing reignition: The action of the water-dispersed vermiculite insulates the cells, greatly diminishing the chance of reignition.
  • Environmentally friendly fire suppression: Unlike some fire suppressants, the chemicals in an AVD-using lithium battery fire extinguisher are non-toxic, and thus safe for people and animals.

What are the risks and precautions of using lithium-ion fire extinguishers?

Since li-ion battery fires carry risk of explosion, the correct protective clothing should be worn when responding to one. It is advised to wear a mask, especially if working with large quantities (as is standard for avoiding dust/smoke inhalation).
Adverse effects of contact with AVD fire suppressant in battery extinguishers include:

  • Skin irritation: The compound may cause skin  irritation on prolonged contact – wash affected areas with soap and water.
  • Eye redness and watering: If there is accidental eye contact, flush the affected area with a lot of water for fifteen minutes at least, holding the eye open.

If a small amount is ingested, there are no known adverse effects for small quantities so first aid usually is not required. If there are gastrointestinal complaints, seek medical attention. To be safe, wash the mouth out with water and give water to drink, and do not induce vomiting.

How do you use lithium-ion battery fire extinguishers correctly?

Operate battery fire extinguishers according to usual fire safety instructions to release the suppressant. Remember the following fire safety tips:

  1. After extinguishing lithium battery fires, leave the suppressant on the extinguished battery. Only dispose of the battery once any smoke has  dissipated and the battery has cooled.
  2. To clean any item you wish to remove the suppressant from, spray it with clean water (the suppressant is water soluble).
  3. Service the extinguisher immediately after use to ensure that it is readied for future emergencies and the efficacy of the suppressant is maintained.

Lithium-ion fire extinguisher FAQs

What should I do if the battery fire suppressant is spilt or sprayed in error?
The area may simply be flushed well with water or dilute salt solution. As AVD is non-toxic, it does not require special handling or cleanup procedures.
What are the possible side effects of accidental AVD suppressant contact or ingestion?
Skin irritation, eye redness, and watering for skin and eye contact. Larger volume accidental ingestion may cause gastrointestinal discomfort. See above for  precautions in the event of accidental exposure.
Why are lithium battery fires hard to extinguish?
This type of fire has the tendency to reignite. The lithium salts in the battery self-oxidize, so that the fire cannot be starved of fuel such as oxygen the way an ordinary fire can be deprived of its fuel.
What is the shelf-life of AVD battery fire extinguishers?
The suppressant should ideally be stored between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius. At higher temperatures,
increased water evaporation may cause drying out of the product, but it is stable up to at least 80 degrees Celsius.

AVD battery fire extinguishers are the fire safety solution for any environment where there is risk of battery-based fires. The advantages, safety precautions and instructions for use above should provide a useful overview for important fire safety considerations.

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