Electric bikes and scooters are becoming increasingly popular. Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged in the home. The use of these batteries in a wide range of household products is becoming increasingly common.

It is important when charging e-bikes and e-scooters, you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting your families and homes at risk.

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storing your electric bike/scooter.
  • Fit smoke or heat detection in the room or garage where you charge or store your electric bike/scooter

  • Store electric bikes/scooters and their batteries in a cool place. Avoid excessively hot or cold places.

  • Follow 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.

  • Always use the manufacturer approved charger for the product.

  • Don’t overcharge and always unplug your charger when it’s finished charging.

  • Don’t leave batteries to charge while you are asleep or away from the home.

  • Don’t cover chargers or battery packs when charging. This could lead to overheating or fire.

  • Don’t charge batteries or store your electric bike/scooter near combustible or flammable materials. In the event of an electric bike/scooter or lithium-ion battery fire – do not attempt to extinguish the fire. Get out, stay out, call 999.

  • Avoid storing or charging e-bikes/scooters on escape routes or in communal areas where they could impede escape.

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