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.
Charging your e-bike/scooter
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.
- 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
Storing your e-bike/scooter
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.
- 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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