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Fire safety tips for e-bikes and e-scooters

The popularity of electric bikes and electric scooters (e-bikes and e-scooters) have grown a lot lately. Most use lithium-ion batteries to work. But if these batteries get damaged or used the wrong way, they can catch fire or even explode. Whether you use e-bikes or e-scooters for getting around or just for fun, it’s important to remember the following safety tips when charging or storing them. 

The Problem 

  • Damaged or defective batteries can overheat, catch fire or explode. 
  • Lithium-ion battery fires give off toxic gases and burn extremely hot. 

Safety Tips 

  • Keep your e-bikes, e-scooters, and batteries away from exit doors and anything hot or flammable.  
  • Only purchase and use devices, batteries, and charging equipment that are listed by a nationally recognized testing lab and labeled accordingly. 
  • Always follow the instructions from the manufacturer. 
  • Only use the battery and charger that came with your device. 
  • Stop charging your device as soon as it’s fully charged. 
  • Only charge one battery at a time to prevent overloading the circuit. 
  • Keep batteries at room temperature. Don’t charge them if it’s too cold (below 32°F or 0°C) or too hot (above 105°F or 40°C). 
  • Don’t leave batteries in sunlight or in hot cars. Keep them away from kids and liquids. 
  • Get a professional to fix your device if it’s broken. Don’t tamper with the battery on your own. 
  • Never throw lithium-ion batteries in the trash. It’s best to recycle them. Take the batteries to a battery recycling location or contact your local waste department for disposal instructions. 

Signs of a Problem 

Stop using the e-bike or e-scooter if you notice any of these problems with the battery:  

  • Unusual odor 
  • Change in color 
  • Too hot to touch 
  • Swelling 
  • Leaking 
  • Smoking 
  • Not keeping a charge