How can e-bikes and e-scooters cause a fire?

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Customers are being urged to charge their electric bikes and scooters safely to avoid the risk of a fire.

charging an e-bike

E-bikes and e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular. Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged in the home. The use of these batteries in household products is becoming more common.

It’s important when charging e-bikes and e-scooters, you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting.

Saleh Mirza, Head of Building Projects, said: “The Fire Service has seen a rise in electric bike and scooter related fires. If you have an e-bike or e-scooter, it’s vital that you use the right charger for the right battery. They’re prone to overheating if incorrectly charged and they can ‘explode’ and lead to a fire. We encourage you to follow this advice to help keep yourself and your neighbours safe.”

Below is some important information about charging and storing e-scooters and e-bikes:


  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when charging and don’t forget to unplug your charger when you’re finished
  • Ensure your battery and charger meets UK safety standards and always use the correct charger
  • Don’t leave your charger on overnight while you’re a sleep or when your away from home
  • Make sure that your charger or battery packs are not covered while charging as this could lead to overheating or a fire
  • Don’t overload plug sockets or use an excessive amount of extension leads.


  • Please remember not to charge e-bikes and e-scooters near escape routes or in communal areas. If there’s a fire, it could stop people escaping safely
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to store and maintain lithium-ion batteries
  • Store electric bikes and scooters and their batteries in a cool place- not in extreme heat or cold.

Damage and disposal

  • Check your battery regularly for any signs of damage. If it’s damaged, it should be replaced and shouldn’t be used or charged
  • Make sure you check how to dispose of any damaged lithium-ion batteries. It can lead to explosive fires if they’re not disposed of correctly.

More information

For more fire safety information visit National Fire Chiefs Website.

You can also find more fire safety information on website in our help section.

Read our top tips to keeping communal areas safe and clear.