Secret Danger Lurking in Your Junk Drawer

Most people have a junk drawer in their home. It is an easy place to store all the little things that do not have a specific place in your home. While throwing many different things into the junk drawer, it is important to keep fire safety in mind.

Most people do not think that typical 9-volt batteries are cause for concern. However, if they are simply thrown into a junk drawer with flammable material, such as a note pad, they can cause a huge problem. The positive and negative contact points of the battery are on the same side, which can easily start a fire if they come in contact with any metal object, such as a paperclip or key. The spark that can be caused by this connection can easily ignite any flammable material that is also in the drawer, such as tissues or paper.

If you are storing your batteries in your junk drawer, try to keep them in the original case. If that is not an option, wrap the positive and negative posts with electrical tape. Although other types of batteries, such as AA or AAA batteries are not as likely to cause a fire, it is important to make sure they are stored safely as well.

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