Fire safety advice for e-scooters and e-bikes

Crime / Sat 22nd Jul 2023 at 11:04am

ESSEX County Fire and Rescue Service offers safety advice for e-bike and e-scooter owners. 

Electric bikes and scooters are becoming a more popular mode of transport, but can pose a risk to you, your family, and neighbours when not charged or stored correctly.

Most e-bikes or e-scooters are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged at home.

It is important to charge them safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting.

Ensure you:

  • Call 999, in the event of a fire
  • Follow the manufacturer’s charging instructions
  • Unplug the charger once item is fully charged
  • Check all your smoke alarms are in working order
  • Don’t charge your e-bike/scooter overnight
  • Don’t cover the battery pack or chargers
  • Don’t overload plug sockets

When an e-bike/scooter is involved in a fire, it can release large volumes of smoke, get very hot, and sometimes have a violent reaction leading to a rapidly developing fire. Storing your e-bike/scooter correctly can help prevent a fire.

Ensure you:

  • Follow manufacturer’s storage instructions
  • Avoid storing e-bikes/scooters on escape routes or in communal areas
  • Store e-bikes/scooters and their batteries in a cool place

Cllr Ken Williamson, portfolio holder for Regulatory Services said:

“Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s recent advice on how to take care of your e-bike can be applied to all lithium-ion battery powered items, including mobile phones and portable electronic devices.

“Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Ensure you and your family know how to look after their devices and what to do in case of a fire.”

For more information about e-bike/scooter fire safety, visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website.

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2 Comments for Fire safety advice for e-scooters and e-bikes:

Ray Mo
2023-07-22 12:56:58

Are they legal now?

Graham Dell
2023-07-25 06:31:14

The scooters are not the problem.. it's the charging cable they use. They're often imported and cheaply, and also bypass a lot of UK law. Sort the charger and then you've got no issue.

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