Do you use or own an e-scooter or e-bike? The London Fire Brigade (LFB) are reporting a huge increase in fires related to them, so it's important you know how to use them safely.
Please read the safety tips below to minimise the risk of a fire starting, potentially putting you, your home and neighbours’ homes at risk.
The LFB attended 116 fires in 2022 relating to e-scooters and e-bikes. In 2023, on average, they’ve attended a fire once every two days.
E-scooters and e-bikes often use Lithium batteries which can start incredibly ferocious fires. These fires are hard to control and spread extremely quickly.
Read and follow the advice offered by London Fire Brigade, which can you find here.
- Always unplug your charger when you’ve finished using it
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms
- Never leave it charging unattended or charge it while you are asleep
- Don’t overload any plug socket such as extension leads
- Don’t overcharge your battery – the manufacturer’s instructions will contain this information
- Read your manufacturer’s instructions
- Get out and call 999 in the event of an e-scooter or e-bike fire.