Q. Should I use the same safe handling procedures for the different types of batteries used for consumer electronic devices (e.g., lithium or, lithium-ion batteries, alkaline batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel-metal-hydride)?
A. Yes; all batteries are designed to generate an electrical current and transmit power through terminals made of a conductive metal. If not adequately protected from damage, short-circuiting, or inadvertent activation when installed in equipment, batteries can generate or cause sparks or extreme heat and, in some cases, cause a fire.