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What you need to know about storing batteries in your home

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Did you know that batteries can start a fire if they are left loose in a drawer, container, or even a trash can?  In fact, it’s more common than you think.

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The fire hazard you didn't know about

If batteries aren’t kept securely in place, you run the risk of two terminals touching… which can cause a spark and start a fire!  


This can happen with:

Keep reading to learn how to reduce your fire risk in each of these scenarios.

How to Safely Dispose of Old Batteries

Don’t just chuck your old batteries in the garbage – this is a huge fire hazard!  

Proper Battery Disposal

The most responsible way to dispose of batteries is to take them to a hazardous waste disposal facility. Our city has a day twice a year, when we can put batteries out by our trash can and they’ll take them for us. Find out what disposal options are available to you in your area, and dispose of them responsibly when possible.

Make sure you are keeping the batteries safe until you can properly dispose of them.  I would recommend keeping them in a box rather than a bag, to help them stay in place better.  

Always make sure there is something in between the batteries so the contacts don’t stand a chance at coming into contact with each other.  

Ideas for keeping batteries separated until properly disposing of them:

  • Put a piece of packing tape over the end of each battery
  • Wrap each battery in a piece of paper or paper towel, etc, making sure the covering is secure so the batteries can’t wiggle out
  • Have a specific container set aside for batteries awaiting disposal (like a thread spool holder, bead organizer, etc.)

When Proper Battery Disposal Isn't an Option

There are some areas that do not have a location that accepts household batteries. If this is the case for you, it’s even more important that you make the effort to keep them separate in your garbage can.

Ideas for keeping batteries separated in your garbage can:

  • Throw one battery in each trash bag
  • Put a piece of packing tape over the end of each battery before throwing it away
  • Wrap batteries individually in a piece of paper, paper towel, etc, making sure the covering is secure so the batteries can’t wiggle out

Keep your opened batteries safe and separated from each other

You can choose to keep your batteries in their original packaging, as long as you keep them in their individual compartments and they won’t move around.

But we all have multiple types of batteries opened at the same time … and the packages aren’t completely flat, so they don’t stack well … and they all come crashing down from the cabinet when you try to ever so carefully tug the rarely used 9V size from the bottom. Just me? Something tells me I’m not the only one …


The Battery Daddy is the coolest coolest storage case for batteries (affiliate link).  Just LOOKING at this thing makes me happy!

5 Reasons to Get This Battery Caddy

  • SAFETY: Every battery has its place and they don't budge

  • ORGANIZATION: Individual compartments for AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V batteries. It is double sided, and even has space for the most frequently used AA on both sides

  • CONVENIENCE: I love that I can tell one of my kids to go get the "battery thingy" as we so sophisticatedly call it...and they can grab the whole thing and I know I will have every battery I may need, before I even open up whatever it is that needs a battery replacement

  • EVACUATION: We keep ours in our evacuation closet with our 72-hour kits and first aid kit, so we can't miss it if we need to evacuate. As long as we are good about keeping it well-stocked, we should have plenty of spare batteries for our family, and most likely some extras to share with others (which makes me extra happy)

  • BONUS: it even comes with a battery tester, which is actually more handy than I thought! Especially when you’re trying to determine if something is broken, or if the batteries are just bad. This thing solves that question in a second!

If you’re packing batteries in smaller quantities (for example: if you’re packing batteries separately from your flashlights and lanterns in your 72-hour kits, or if you’re packing extras in a suitcase to take with you on a trip), you still want to be sure you are packing them safely.

Ideas for keeping batteries separated on-the-go:

  • Pack each battery in a separate pocket of your luggage
  • Put a piece of packing tape over the end of each battery
  • Wrap each battery in a piece of paper or paper towel, etc, making sure the covering is secure so the batteries can’t wiggle out

Bottom Line: Store and Dispose of your Batteries Safely!

It doesn’t matter how you do it; just do it.  And if you want to do it in style, get yourself a Battery Daddy! (affiliate link)


***Pro Tip: If you want to make a lot of people smile on Christmas morning, get some extras for gifts!***

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