Electric bikes and electric scooters have become increasingly popular. Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged and stored in your homes. When charging these batteries, it is so important to do so safely to avoid fire risks for you and your families.
When buying electrical goods:
- Register your product with the manufacturer to validate any warranties – batteries are usually included in warranties.
- Check any products you have bought are not subject to a product recall. (You can do this by checking Electrical Safety First’s website or the government website.)
- If the product you are buying seems too good to be true, it most likely is! Items that don’t meet British or European standards pose a fire risk. For example buy e-bike conversion kits from reputable sellers.
General home fire safety advice:
- Ensure you have working smoke alarms.
- If you charge or store your e-bike or e-scooter in a garage or kitchen ensure you install detection.
- Do not overload socket outlets or use inappropriate extension leads.
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, call 999.
Follow this guidance if you own / use an electric scooter or electric bike:
What NOT To Do
- Avoid storing or charging e-bikes and e-scooters on escape routes or hallways.
- Avoid storing them in excessively hot or cold areas.
- 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 dispose of lithium batteries in your household waste or normal recycling. When punctured or crushed they can cause fires in bin lorries, recycling and waste centres.
What TO Do
- Store e-bikes and e-scooters and their batteries in a cool place.
- Always charge batteries when you’re awake and alert so you can respond quickly.
- Check your battery regularly for any signs of damage and if you suspect it is damaged it should be replaced and should not be used or charged.
- When charging the battery ensure you unplug it when finished.
- Always use the manufacturer 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.