E-bike and e-scooter safety

Published: 31/10/2023

E-bikes and e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular. Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged at home.

The London Fire Brigade has recently warned that they have seen an increase in fires caused by electric bikes and e-scooters. It’s important to charge them safely to avoid putting your home and those you live with in danger.

When charging your e-bike or e-scooter, it’s important to:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always unplug your charger once it's finished charging.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm where you charge your e-bike or e-scooter.
  • Charge batteries while you’re awake and alert. Don’t charge batteries overnight while you’re asleep or away from home.
  • Always use the approved manufacturer's charger for the e-bike or e-scooter. Buy an official replacement charger from a trusted seller.
  • Don’t cover chargers or battery packs when charging, as this could lead to overheating.
  • Don’t charge batteries or store your e-bike or e-scooter near combustible or flammable materials.
  • Don’t overcharge the battery.
  • Don’t overload socket outlets or use inappropriate extension leads.

Please note that residents aren’t permitted to store or charge e-bikes and e-scooters in communal areas, as any items left there can block emergency exit routes and create a fire risk.

For more information on how to safely charge your e-bike or e-scooter, please visit the London Fire Brigade's website.

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