On-site electrical energy storage with lithium-ion batteries is becoming more common and these systems pose new risks for owners and occupants. Fire Codes address these risks, but with an evolving technology, something more than a “cookbook” approach is required. The risks are real. Lithium-ion battery fires are well documented. There is even some concern that a vapor cloud explosion (VCE) may result from these batteries. Proper installation, maintenance and risk mitigation measures are needed to provide the safest possible environment. A hazard mitigation analysis (HMA) can help identify potential risks.
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Keeping Current with Evolving Technology
The Fire Code is the first place to look, and the document which must be satisfied. But staying current with National Fire Protection Association standards and research, FM Global research, UL fire testing and listings, and other publications is necessary to provide the safest possible environment when using stationary lithium-ion battery storage systems. As these systems are installed in more locations, and as battery powered automobiles become more widely used, experience will be gained and lessons will be learned. Using our extensive experience and working with the Authority Having Jurisdiction for your lithium-ion battery system, we can help mitigate risk.
Minimize Risk with Knowledge and Experience
As technology changes, and experience is gained, the approach for your situation that minimizes risk may change over time. Obtaining needed approvals from the Authority Having Jurisdiction is required. But using the latest information to minimize risk will help keep your business running by helping to prevent an unplanned event. We are ready to partner with you to obtain jurisdictional approval and to reduce operational risk so you can provide a safer environment for your workers or tenants.