Energy Storage System Emergencies
If an energy storage system (battery) is burning, immediately contact LG&E, KU or ODP, and wait for their personnel to arrive.
- Isolate the area at least 300 feet in all directions. Keep unauthorized persons away.
- Protect exposures outside of the immediate hazard area, such as trees and buildings, to prevent fire from spreading.
- Wait for LG&E, KU or ODP personnel to give the go-ahead to begin firefighting.
- Use a firefighting method appropriate for the specific chemistry of battery. For example, lithium-ion batteries should be doused with “copious amount of water” to prevent re-ignition during thermal runaway.
Explore the safety training resources on energy storage and other distributed energy resources offered by the National Fire Protection: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Emergency-Responders/High-risk-hazards/Energy-Storage-Systems.