What do I do if my phone or laptop starts to smoke?

A step-by-step guide for dealing with a phone or laptop fire

It is possible that the lithium-ion battery in either your mobile phone or laptop could overheat starting a potentially disastrous fire.

If it does start to smoke:

  1. You should unplug it from any plugs or devices it is connected to,
  2. avoid inhaling any smoke or fumes,
  3. if possible, move it away from any combustible material – ideally outside.

In order to contain the thermal runaway and resulting fire, you need to use a lithium-battery extinguisher; these extinguishers are specifically designed to tackle and contain lithium-battery fires.

To read more about Lithium-ion battery fires and the best way to deal with them, head to our battery fire safety site.