Lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries (sometimes called LIBs) are the lightweight, rechargeable batteries that power our phones, laptops, tablets, e-cigarettes and other electrical items, such as e-bikes and mobility scooters. Although this is not a new technology, they are an emerging risk and can present a fire risk when over-charged, short-circuited, submerged in water or if they are damaged. It's really important to charge them safely too.

  • Devices that require charging, such as e-bikes and e-scooters, should not be obstructing your exit route from the property. If they catch fire, they can quickly compromise your way out if they are left near doors, windows and stairs.
  • Watch this short animation to see exactly what happens when an e-bike or e-scooter battery fire breaks out.
  • Never keep items charging overnight or for prolonged periods without supervision. These batteries are highly combustible and can rapidly spread to neighbouring rooms within the home.
  • Residents can mitigate the chances of their devices igniting by ensuring they are stored in cool areas, making sure nothing is covering them or blocking their extractors from working.
  • Never store electronic devices in hot vehicles or areas prone to high-temperatures.
  • Don’t use counterfeit chargers and attachments.
  • Purchase goods from reputable manufacturers and validate any warranties. Avoid purchasing used goods where possible.
  • Ensure you dispose correctly of lithium-ion batteries when they have reached the end of their life.
  • In the event of a fire, always get out, stay out and call 999.

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