Electrical Safety 14/11/2023
We know that e-scooters and mobility scooters can be vital for getting around, but they come with their own set of dangers that we need to be aware of.
E-bikes are also becoming more popular and, while we advise against keeping e-scooters or e-bikes in your property, we want to make sure you know how to look after them safely.
Please remember that you’re not allowed to charge anything in communal areas in your property as it’s a fire hazard and could be dangerous for you and your neighbours. If we find any e-bikes or scooters left unattended in communal areas, we’ll have to remove them.
We’ve pulled together some top tips for safely keeping and charging your devices:
- Chargers and batteries should not be left unattended or charging, including while you sleep
- Batteries can get warm during use and should be allowed to cool down, before attempting to re-charge
- They should also be charged away from combustible or flammable materials, and on hard, flat surfaces, to allow heat to dissipate
- Make sure you have a working smoke alarm near the place you charge your e-scooter or e-bike and test it weekly
- Only use manufacturer-approved batteries and store them correctly – cheaper or damaged batteries can be dangerous and start fires
- Follow all guidance from the manufacturer with charging and storing your e-scooter or e-bike
- In the event of an e-bike, e-scooter or lithium-ion battery fire – don’t attempt to extinguish the fire. Get out, stay out, call 999
- Never charge batteries in your escape routes or doors
For more safety information about e-scooters and e-bikes, take a look at Electrical Safety First.