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.