As electric bikes and scooters develop extra common, the Nationwide Fireplace Safety Affiliation is warning that the lithium-ion batteries used to energy them can overheat, catch fireplace and trigger explosions.
Though no nationwide information exists on how usually e-bikes or e-scooters catch on fireplace, “it does occur with some regularity – and the numbers are rising,” says the NFPA, which does word that the New York Metropolis Fireplace Division has reported greater than 130 such fires up to now this yr. “These fires have led to 5 deaths and dozens of accidents. In 2019, the primary yr FDNY began monitoring e-bike fires, solely 13 had been reported.”
In an effort to stop additional accidents and deaths associated to those units, the NFPA not too long ago revealed a safety tip sheet. Amongst its recommendation: Cease utilizing an e-bike or e-scooter if its battery is emitting smoke or an uncommon odor, adjustments coloration or form, turns into scorching, doesn’t take a cost, or begins to leak. If the battery does catch fireplace, depart the world instantly and name 911 – don’t attempt to put out the fireplace.
Different security ideas:
- Use solely the battery and charger that got here with or had been designed to your particular e-bike or e-scooter.
- Cease charging your machine or its battery as soon as it’s totally charged.
- Preserve batteries at room temperature when potential and don’t cost them in temperatures under 32° F or above 105° F.
- Don’t retailer batteries in direct daylight or scorching automobiles, and preserve them away from liquids and younger kids.
- Observe the producer’s directions.