Warning after fires started by e-scooters
There have been 40 fires involving e-bikes and e-scooters in London this year. London’s firefighters are concerned about these incidents as they are becoming more common.
If you own an e-bike or e-scooter it must not be stored in a communal area inside a block because it is a fire risk and can block emergency escape routes.
Avoid fires from electrical appliances by following these tips:
- Always use the correct charger and buy an official one from a reputable seller.
- Batteries can get warm during their use. Let them cool down before attempting to recharge, or they could be more susceptible to failure.
- Batteries should always be charged on hard flat surfaces where heat can escape.
- Damaged batteries can pose a risk, so make sure they are not knocked around while in use or carried as spares.
- Always unplug your charger once it has finished charging. It is best not to leave it unattended or while people are asleep. Always follow manufacturers' instructions when charging.
- Fit a smoke alarm in areas where e-bikes or e-scooters are charged, and test them regularly.
- Never block your fire escape route with anything, including bikes and scooters.
For more fire safety advice read our general guidance here.