Thermal Runaway

Why Detect Thermal Runaway

Thermal runaway can be a very destructive and serious condition on standby batteries if not identified in
the beginning of the development stages. If thermal runaway is ignored, severe damage to the battery
as well as surrounding equipment can occur resulting in costly repairs or worse, injury to personnel. In
all cases, thermal runaway can lead to abrupt system failure and disruption of service if not detected. A
proactive method of some form must be instituted to deal with a thermal runaway condition.
Furthermore, as described in the International Fire Code (IFC), VRLA battery systems shall be provided
with a listed device or other approved method to preclude, detect and control thermal runaway (IFC
608.3)(2).

Learn more:

Understanding Thermal Runaway

Thermal Runaway in Flooded Lead Calcium Batteries

International Code Council Website