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Discount Motor City, Used Cars Surrey; Battery Explosions


Christmas is over and we are in the final stretch for celebrating New Year. At Discount Motor City, the premier of used car dealerships Surrey, we are always looking for ways to better serve our customers, like adding car detailing to our services. We also like to provide information that makes people smile, educates, or is of general interest.

Today, the information we have falls into the category of “educate.” One could add safety to the list too. Now that we are moving into the New Year, a question arises, what to do with batteries that you may have laying around to power those little ornaments or presents?


Battery fires: The Danger Hiding in the Kitchen Drawer


At our home, we have lights, decorations and all sorts of gadgets that require batteries. It is not uncommon to head to Costco to buy a big package of batteries and then throw them into a plastic bucket to sit in our kitchen. Not anymore after finding this story.


Did you know that loose batteries can spark a fire? I had never thought about it, but experts suggest fires caused by batteries are more common than most people think. In fact, Health Canada received more than 100 reports last year of home-use batteries causing fires.


What Type of Batteries are Dangerous?


A Health Canada specialist suggests, “any battery could be a potential problem.” We have probably all heard of problems with lithium-ion batteries exploding and causing fires, but any battery, if not stored properly, can make you a victim.


How to Safely Store Batteries?


Keep batteries in the original packaging. This ensures they remain protected from environmental factors such as humidity and it prevents the terminals from coming into contact with other metals.


Separate batteries by make and age. Batteries of different types or from different manufacturers can react with each other, causing leakage or other damage.


Check the charge levels on rechargeable batteries. Many rechargeable batteries will permanently damage themselves if kept in a discharged state.


Store your batteries at room temperature or below. In most cases, any cool room away from direct sun is fine. Do not store batteries in a freezer unless recommended by the manufacturer.


Control humidity. Keep your batteries in a vapor-proof container.


Prevent electrical conduction. Batteries may start conducting electricity if they come into contact with metal or other batteries. Take steps to prevent this problem and reduce fire risk.


These are just a few examples of how you can make your batteries and possibly protect your home and family. For more information Click Here.


Discount Motor City, the best of Used Car Dealers, Surrey


At Discount Motor City, the premier of quality used car dealerships Surrey, we always have a concern for customer education and offering quality and accurate information about our used car sales, Surrey. This is all wrapped up in what we believe is the most pleasant and comfortable experience you will find when looking for quality used cars Surrey and now, we offer the best in vehicle detailing too!


We guarantee "no push, no pressure" service, and you are more than welcome to browse our lot at 12882 King George Blvd., just across the Patullo Bridge on the Surrey side and visit us to get your vehicle detailed. And, as always, feel free to call Carlo at (604) 765 6999 for information about any of our used car sales Surrey.


Discount Motor City, used car sales, Surrey BC, is a family-owned and operated business. We not only work hard to earn your business but afterward, we provide what we believe to be the best in after-sales service, to keep your business.


See us and experience the difference our "no push, no pressure" service makes to your looking for used cars for sale in Surrey BC, or discussing your needs for keeping your vehicle clean. Let us do the dirty work for you with our vehicle detailing.



Best wishes and happy motoring from all of us at Discount Motor City, one of the premier used car dealerships Surrey. And, please make sure your batteries are stored properly.




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