Beware of 9-volt batteries

Last modified: 8/9/2012 12:00:00 AM

BEWARE OF 9-VOLT batteries that you may have stored away.

They could spark a disaster.

That's what state Fire Marshal William Degnan says, citing a fire that broke out in a kitchen drawer last month.

Degnan said a 9-volt battery rubbed against another battery, igniting a fire that produced smoke.

A 9-volt battery, Degnan said in a statement, is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts sit on top, in close proximity. Anything metallic that comes in contact with the posts will heat up and ignite a fire.

Degnan said to store 9-volts in their original packaging.'

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