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Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office Warns Public About Battery Fire Danger

March 10, 2019

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA. – A local fire marshal’s office in Virginia is warning the public about the danger of battery fires, according to an online news story published by The warning comes after a battery fire occurred at a FedEx facility in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The incident occurred on February 28 at a facility in Lorton, Virginia. A package containing batteries meant for recycling was running through the facility when it encountered an issue that led to a fire.

“The package got jammed up at one of the bin points, and the metal belts scraped or removed the protective barrier from the battery in the carton,” said Lt. Eddie Price with the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office. “The battery came in contact with the metal conveyor belt, which causes an arc, or a heat source, which ignited that cardboard box of that container.” 

No one was injured in the fire, but this is the fourth fire incident related to batteries in the county so far this year. In all of 2018, five such fires occurred in Fairfax County, so the county is well on pace to completely eclipse its battery fire rate from last year.

The Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office wants to warn people about proper storage and use of batteries, as the devices can easily lead to destructive fires. 

“With batteries, you have a positive and negative terminal, and when those two make contact with metal, it completes a circuit, and it generates heat,” Price said. “The battery is a power source, it’s an electrical power source. And if it has energy left in it, whether it’s a lithium or alkaline battery, it is comes in contact under the right conditions with some type of metallic connection, it will generate heat.” 

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