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Warwickshire residents warned about e-scooter fire risks

Leamington Editorial 20th Dec, 2023   0

RESIDENTS across Warwickshire are being warned about the fire risks that e-bikes and e-scooters pose.

In the past two years, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has been called to five e-scooter or e-bike fires – having attended just one in the three years before that. And there has also been a national rise in the numbers of fires caused by these vehicles.

While e-bikes and e-scooters offer a speedy way to get around, if the batteries fail, they become damaged or are charged incorrectly they can start devastating fires.

Like many other electrical items, these vehicles are powered by lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are used safely by millions of people every day and when used properly they are not dangerous, but it’s important to be aware of the fire risks, particularly when charging the battery.

Warwickshire County Council’s fire and rescue spokesperson Andy Crump said: “With Christmas around the corner we know that many people will either be buying electric bikes and scooters as presents for others, or will be receiving one themselves.

“It’s important that they are aware of the potential fire risks that these products pose when charged incorrectly, whether that’s through using the incorrect leads, not following the manufacturer’s instructions or through leaving them charging overnight or when they’re out.

“The batteries in these devices can cause catastrophic fires when things go wrong so we’re urging the public to keep safety in mind and take the correct steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risk of fire.

“Remember to install working smoke alarms on all levels of your home – these will give you precious time to get out, stay out and call 999 in the event of fire.”

For more information on how to correctly charge e-bikes and e-scooters visit https://fireengland.uk/fire-safety/charging-your-e-bike-or-e-scooter


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