E-bikes, Scooters and Other Lithium Ion Battery Devices
Shared to the Lyme Listserv by Aaron Rich (Oct 20, 2023)
We are frequently notified in the fire service of the continued challenges that exist with moving forward towards a more digital and electronically assisted society and lifestyle.
This has resulted in an increase in fires and life safety challenges for Fire Departments. In Lyme we have had a property experience SIGNIFICANT damage due to the explosion of a lithium ion battery while charging.
Due to the portability of these devices they are often stored and charged inside a house, sometimes even in bedrooms which increases the risk of life safety concerns. I’ve often seen devices charged in bedrooms(scooters, bikes, etc), the comfort of having these items in our lives has in my opinion outpaced some of the safety concerns. From the NFPA: “The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reported more than 100 such fires in the first half of 2023. These fires have led to more than a dozen deaths and dozens of injuries.”
Thank you for reading this far, we as a Volunteer Fire Department want to help our community understand this risk in our households. As the holiday’s approach please make sure that any new devices you are looking at purchasing are listed by a qualified testing laboratory(UL, IEC, CE, ROHS etc) to reduce the risk of fire.
Aaron Rich Lyme Fire Chief
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