Charge Safe!

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue service have highlighted charging batteries as a fire risk, specifically Lithium-ion batteries.

Did you know the majority of fires related to e-bikes and e-scooters have happened in homes. These fires often happen when charging batteries.

There are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of fire in the home.

Charging your e-bike or e-scooter
  • Don’t charge e-bikes and e-scooters in bedrooms or where escape routes can be blocked – for example, hallways.
  • Don’t leave your battery charging unattended, when you are out or while you are asleep.
  • Don’t cover chargers or battery packs when charging
  • Don’t overload sockets or use inappropriate extension leads
  • Don’t charge or store batteries in direct sunlight or in hot locations (above
  • 45⁰C)
  • Don’t charge batteries close to combustible materials or hazardous substances.
  • Always unplug your charger when you have finished charging
  • If your battery can be removed from your e-bike or e-scooter and charged separately, it should be charged on a hard flat surface where heat can disperse and in area with good ventilation.

Warning signs your e-bike or e-scooter battery is a fire hazard

You must stop using or charging your battery immediately if you notice any of the following:
  • Overheating: If your device’s battery feels extremely hot to the touch
  • Deformation: If your battery looks swollen. Similar signs include any type of lump or leaking from the device.
  • Noise: If your battery is making hissing or cracking sounds.
  • Smell: If you notice a strong or unusual smell coming from the battery
  • Performance: If your battery does not fully charge or is taking longer to charge than normal
  • Smoke: If your battery or device is smoking

Maintaining your e-bike or e-scooter

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and using your product.
  • Always use the manufacturer-approved battery and charger.
  • If you need a replacement battery or charger for your e-bike or e-scooter go directly back to the manufacturer or retailer you bought it from to ensure it’s safe.
  • Regularly inspect your product and check for damage or warning signs that your battery might be failing and becoming a fire risk.
  • Don’t attempt to modify or tamper with your battery.

Buying e-bikes and e-scooters

  • Only buy e-bikes, e-scooters, chargers and batteries from reputable retailers and manufacturers.
  • Check the product is marked with a CE or UKCA mark to ensure they comply with UK product safety standards.
  • Check product reviews before buying
  • Register your product with the manufacturer to validate any warranties and make it easier for manufacturers to contact you in the event of a safety issue e.g. product recall.
  • Check if products have been recalled by visiting the government Product Recalls and Alerts website

In the UK only e-scooters participating in official rental e-scooter trials may be used legally on roads. Other e-scooters are classed as Powered Transporters and cannot be used legally on the road. If you use an e-scooter illegally, you could face a fine and penalty points on your licence, and the e-scooter could be impounded.

E-Bike conversion kits

  • Conversion kits change standard bicycles into e-bikes.
  • It is recommended that a professional carries out an e-bike conversion. They will be responsible for ensuring that the e-bike is safe and fitted with the correct motor, battery and charger.
  • Installing a conversion kit yourself could lead to safety issues with your e-bike and increase the risk of fire.
  • Furthermore, it could invalidate the manufacturer’s warranty and make you responsible for any consequent damage or accident. If you modify an e-bike to increase its power or speed then it may no longer be legal to use on public roads.

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