Electric bikes, scooters and skateboards can be fun, but they also present a fire hazard due to their lithium-ion batteries. When damaged or overcharged, lithium-ion batteries can overheat, catch on fire, and even lead to explosions. These fires often burn very hot and are difficult for firefighters to extinguish.
Chief Rick Beltinck of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department shared, “Lithium-ion batteries store a large amount of energy, and have a high probability of catching fire if not handled properly.” He continued, “As more products rely on lithium-ion energy, it is imperative that consumers are aware of the risks, and properly store and operate these powerful batteries.”
If you have an e-bike, e-scooter, e-skateboard, or any lithium-ion powered product, there are several fire prevention tips you should follow.
- Purchase products that have the Underwriters Laboratories Mark (UL).
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
- Use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made for the device.
- Do not overcharge items with lithium-ion batteries. Unplug when fully charged.
- Never leave your bike/scooter/skateboard unattended while charging.
- Continually inspect lithium-ion batteries for any signs of damage.