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Firefighter says e-bike battery blaze could have been ‘much worse’ as calls grow for regulation

Dec 5, 2023 | News, Risk Assessment

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If you don’t follow these tips

Firefighter says e-bike battery blaze could have been ‘much worse’ as calls grow for regulation

 

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is backing proposals by charity Electrical Safety First for the batteries to be regulated like fireworks and heavy machinery, which require third-party approval before going on sale. For the full article click here!

 

E-BIKE SAFETY TIPS FROM LONDON FIRE BRIGADE

  • Do not attempt to modify or tamper with your battery
  • Converting pedal bikes into e-bikes using DIY kits bought online can be very dangerous
  • Check your battery and charger meets UK safety standards
  • Always use the correct charger and buy an official one from a reputable seller
  • Let the battery cool before charging
  • Unplug your charger once it’s finished charging
  • Fit alarms where you charge
  • Never block your escape route with anything

HOW TO RECYLCE OR DISPOSE OF BATTERIES SAFELY

  • Place used batteries in a sealed sandwich/freezer bag
  • Keep batteries out of the sun
  • Try to use rechargeable batteries instead of single-use ones where possible – this reduces the number of batteries that are discarded
  • Never put batteries in your general rubbish bin or recycle them with other recyclable materials
  • Try to sell or donate working, but unwanted, battery-powered electronic items instead of throwing them away
  • Local shops and supermarkets have plastic containers for public use or your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
  • Check with your local council for guidance on the disposal of batteries
  • Click the Take Charge link to know more

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