Don't risk an e-bike fire!
This year, an L&Q resident’s home caught fire when an e-scooter that was charging set alight. Thankfully no one was hurt but this shows how important it is to take proper care to avoid fires if you own an e-bike, scooter or similar device.
Here are some tips on how you can minimise the risk of fire with your e-bike:
- Store your e-bike away from flammable materials
Like paper, clothing, or anything containing fuel such as petrol.
- Don't overcharge your e-bike
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for charging the battery and avoid leaving it charging for extended periods, especially overnight or when you're away. Setting a timer to remind you when to stop charging might help you to avoid this.
- Regularly inspect the battery for damage
Like dents, punctures, or leaks. Stop using it immediately and contact the manufacturer or a qualified technician for further guidance if any issues are found.
- Store e-bikes in well-ventilated areas to prevent heat build-up
Avoid enclosed spaces like cupboards or under stairs that can trap heat and increase the risk of a fire.
- Use proper storage devices
Like bike racks or hooks designed for e-bikes and avoid leaning them against walls or storing them in positions where they could fall over.
- Never store e-bikes on balconies
Balconies can be exposed to heat, rain, moisture and other things that can potentially damage the e-bike battery or increase the risk of fire.
- Never store e-bikes and e-scooters in your hallway or communal areas
If there’s a fire you could be blocking the escape route.
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
If you have any questions about e-bike storage in your building, please talk to your Neighbourhood Housing Lead.