9-Volt Battery Safety, Storage & Recycle Tips

Remove Loose Batteries from Junk-Drawers and Storage Bins!

9-volt batteries are most commonly used in smoke detectors and some radio controlled toys. Improper disposal or storage of a 9-volt is capable of causing a fire if it comes in contact with a metal object. Read this guide to learn how to properly store your extra batteries and eliminate a fire hazard, plus information about recycling used batteries.


9-Volt Battery: A Potential Fire Hazard

A 9-­volt battery can be a fire hazard, because the positive and negative connection posts are on one side of the battery right next to one another. If the ends come in contact with anything metal, i.e. aluminum foil, steel wool, paper clips, keys or other batteries, it can create enough heat to start a fire within minutes. Protect your home from this very real risk by storing your batteries properly.

9-Volt Battery Storage & Disposal

  • Keep batteries in their original packaging until you are ready to use them.
  • If you have loose 9-­volt batteries, cover the posts with masking, duct or electrical tape and store in a separate container or bin to prevent the posts from coming in contact with metal objects.
  • Do not store 9­‐volt batteries in a plastic bag with other batteries.
  • Do not throw 9­‐volt batteries in the trash. Take them to a collection site for household hazardous waste or recycling center.
  • If you are not able to dispose your batteries at a collection site or recycling center, cover the posts with tape before disposing to prevent them from coming in contact with anything metal inside your trash can.

Source: nfpa.org

Battery Recycling

Over three billion batteries are sold in the U.S. each year.

So much of what we use in our daily lives requires batteries. We need to be mindful of how we dispose of them. Many batteries contain harmful metals and chemicals such as nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid, which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed properly.

Georgia Recycles!

Source: US Environmental Protection Agency


Check your smoke alarms regularly to ensure your family has the early warning to get out safely if a fire should occur in your home. To help you remember, change your smoke detectors' 9-­volt battery every daylight savings.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help keep you and your family safe from injury or fires caused by 9‐volt batteries. To see our latest safety videos and downloadable materials, and to register for Free Safety Alerts, please visit Montlick.com or HelpKeepKidsSafe.org and click on "Family Safety & Legal Tips".