Re-chargeable/lithium-ion batteries, when used safely, power millions of devices every day such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, mobility scooters, electric scooters and electric bikes. However, batteries can present a fire risk when over-charged, short circuited, submerged in water or if their cases are damaged.
We take fire safety incredibly seriously at Six Town Housing and so we would like to provide some safety advice for e-bike and e-scooter users/owners:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when charging and always unplug your charger when it’s finished charging.
- Ensure you have smoke alarms fitted in areas where e-bikes or e-scooters are being charged and make sure they are tested regularly.
- Don’t leave batteries to charge while you are asleep or away from the home.
- 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.
- Batteries should always be charged on hard flat surfaces where heat can dissipate.
- Batteries can also pose a risk if they have been damaged, so try to ensure they are not getting knocked around while in use or while being carried as spares as this can increase the chance of damage to cells.
- 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).
- Please keep your flat entrance door shut behind you when you leave your flat.
- Avoid storing or charging e-bikes and e-scooters 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.
You can view more of our fire safety infromation here.
Back to news