E-bikes and e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular. Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries which can be charged in the home.

It’s important when charging e-bikes and e-scooters, you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting your families and homes at risk. The London Fire Brigade has recently warned that they have seen a huge spike in fires because of electric bikes and e-scooters.

When charging your e-bike or e-scooter, it’s important to:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always unplug your charger when its finished charging.
  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm where you charge your e-bike or e-scooter.
  • Charge batteries whilst you are awake and alert. Do not charge batteries overnight while you are asleep or away from home.
  • Always use the approved manufacturers charger for the e-bike or e-scooter. Buy an official replacement charger from a reputable seller.
  • Do not cover chargers or battery packs when charging as this could lead to overheating.
  • Do not charge batteries or store your e-bike or e-scooter near combustible or flammable materials.
  • Do not over charge the battery.
  • Do not overload socket outlets or use inappropriate extension leads.

Please note residents aren’t permitted to store or charge e-bike and e-scooters in communal areas as any items left there can block emergency exit routes and create a fire risk.

For more information on how to safely charge your e-bike or e-scooter, please visit https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/the-home/e-scooters-and-e-bikes/