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Our lifestyles are [increased / increasingly] dependent on batteries. These ubiquitous [sources / sauces] of energy power everything from our cars and smartphones, to watches, remote [control / controls] and many other devices. However, these [essence / essential] sources of power can [be / have] hazardous. A report from the Environmental Services Association (ESA) in the U.K. discovered that the incorrect [dispersal / disposal] of batteries causes around 700 fires in Britain [each / all] year. This costs fire services $195 million. The financial loss is considerably [heighten / higher] for those whose property has burnt [down / up] . A leading fire expert said: "These fires can be challenging for fire services to deal with....Everyone can do their [hit / bit] ...by ensuring they dispose of batteries correctly."

The biggest [spirits / culprits] for fires starting are lithium-ion batteries. These can explode and start fires if they are [crushed / crashed] or they get wet. An ESA spokesperson told the BBC that, "more and more people are putting devices [contents / containing] these batteries in with household [wasting / waste] ". He said: "That causes a real problem, because they have a [trending / tendency] - when damaged - to explode or [ignite / ignoble] ....they're likely to be crushed, compacted, smashed or they might [have / get] wet. He added: "That can cause them to short-circuit. And of course, they're then in the [presence / presents] of other flammable material like plastic, paper and card and that can lead to [quite / quote] big fires." The ESA encouraged people to be [handful / mindful] of the potential hazards of batteries.

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