23 November 2022

Keeping your e-bike or e-scooter safe from fire

Keeping your e-bike or e-scooter safe from fire

Do you have an e-scooter or e-bike?  These are becoming more and more popular and can be a great way of getting around but did you know that they can be a fire risk if their batteries are damaged or aren’t charged correctly?   


This is an e-bike that exploded and caught fire in Fenham after developing a battery fault, putting lives at risk and causing serious fire damage to the surrounding area. 

If you have an e-bike or e-scooter, keep yourself and your neighbours safe by making sure you: 

  • Buy your e-bike or e-scooter from a reputable dealer. If you need to buy a replacement battery, buy it from a trusted retailer so you can be confident it’s not a fake product. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using and charging your e-bike or e-scooter. 
  • Unplug your charger when it’s finished charging. 
  • Don’t charge your battery overnight or when you’re out or asleep. 
  • Have a smoke alarm and test it regularly 
  • Store your e-bike or e-scooter safely, making sure you don’t block exit routes.  If you live in a block of flats, use the approved storage area if your building has one.  Never leave your e-bike or e-scooter in a communal area such as a corridor, entrance or exit or on the stairs.

What should I do if an e-bike or e-scooter catches fire? 

Fires caused by batteries can be unpredictable and dangerous.  If you notice an e-bike or e-scooter on fire, you should leave the building and call 999 immediately.  

Contact us 

If you have any questions or concerns about an e-bike or e-scooter in your home or building please get in touch – call us on 0191 278 8600 or email buildingsafety@yhn.org.uk.   

For more advice about safely charging your e-bike or e-scooter visit www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/E-bikes-and-e-scooters-fire-safety-guidance.   

Visit Home safety for more useful advice about keeping your property safe.

Watch this short film to learn more about using, storing and charging your e-bike, e-scooter or mobility scooter safely.

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