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 lithium-ion batteries in a wide range of household products is becoming increasingly common. However, there have been a number of reports from the fire and rescue services on the increase in fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.
BE AWARE OF SERIOUS FIRE RISK OF LITHIUM BATTERIES IN E-BIKES AND E-SCOOTERS
It is important that when charging e-bikes and e-scooters, you do so safely to avoid the risk of a fire starting and putting your family and homes at risk. A fire can result in the loss of assets and even lives. Even a small fire can result in a claim on your insurance, which can then result in an increase in your premium. Below are some preventive measures to stop this from occurring.
- E-bikes and e-scooters must never be stored or charged on escape routes or in communal areas of a multi-occupied
- building. If there’s a fire, it can affect people’s ability to escape.
- Store e-bikes and e-scooters and their batteries in a cool place. Avoid storing them in excessively hot or cold areas.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the storage and maintenance of lithium-ion batteries if they are not going to
be used for extended periods of time.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when charging, and always unplug your charger when it’s finished charging.
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms in your property.
- Charge batteries while you are awake and alert, so if a fire should occur, you can respond quickly. Don’t leave batteries
to charge while you are asleep or away from home.
- Always use the manufacturer’s approved charger for the product, and if you spot any signs of wear and tear or damage,
buy an official replacement charger for your product from a reputable seller.
- Do not cover chargers or battery packs when charging, as this could lead to overheating or even a fire.
- Do not charge batteries or store your e-bike or e-scooter near combustible or flammable materials.
- Do not overcharge your battery; check the manufacturer’s instructions for charge times.
- Do not overload socket outlets or use inappropriate extension leads (use un-coiled extensions and ensure the lead is
suitably rated for what you are plugging into it).
- In the event of an e-bike, e-scooter, or lithium-ion battery fire, do not attempt to extinguish the fire. Get out, stay out,
and call 999.
Further information on lithium-ion batteries can be found on the LFB website e-scooters and e-bikes | London Fire Brigade (london-fire.gov.uk).