Charging your e-bike and e-scooter safely

The battery in your e-bike or e-scooter could be putting you and others at risk

The London Fire Brigade says e-bikes and e-scooters are London’s fastest growing fire risk.

In 2023, there was two e-bike or e-scooter related fires in Tower Hamlets every month.

Signs that an e-bike or e-scooter may catch on fire

  • Your battery is very hot to touch
  • A bulging, swelling or out of shape battery
  • Any type of lump
  • The charger is leaking
  • A hissing or crackling sound
  • A strong unusual smell
  • Smoke coming from the battery

Signs that a battery is potentially unsafe and/or not compliant can include

  • Packaging that doesn’t have the name or address of the UK importer on it
  • Safety instructions that have been poorly written and/or translated
  • A plug that is not dimensionally large enough

Safe buying advice

  • Buy from a reputable UK seller
  • Buy any replacement parts from the same reputable seller you bought your e-bike or e-scooter from (online marketplaces may not meet the correct safety standards)
  • Beware when buying from online marketplaces – always research the individual seller
  • Look for the CE/UKCA marks on the packaging.

London Fire Brigade’s charging advice

Prevent fires and protect lives, keep yourself and others safe by following the London Fire Brigade’s advice:

  • Never charge while you are asleep or not around
  • Unplug your charger once it’s finished charging
  • Always use the correct charger for your batteries and buy any replacements from a reputable seller
  • Never block your fire escape route with e-bikes or e-scooters
  • In the event of a fire, call 999, never try to fight the fire yourself

Learn how you can keep yourself and others safe with more tips from London Fire Brigade.


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