E-bikes and E-scooters fire warning and advice

Following a number of recent fires in Greater Manchester, a warning of the dangers of lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and e-scooters has been issued by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.   

Posted 30 May 2023

We’d like everyone to be aware of the potential dangers posed by the lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and e-scooters when used or stored incorrectly. These recent fires have highlighted a growing issue, with increased use and access to e-vehicles. 

At One Manchester, we want to help prevent anything like this happening across our neighbourhoods, so we are urging customers to make themselves aware of the fire safety advice for e-vehicles issued below.  Please follow this advice to help keep yourself, your family and neighbours safe from harm.    

In the event of an e-bike, e-scooter, or lithium-ion battery fire, do not attempt to put it out. Get out, stay out and call 999.  

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have issued the following advice on e-vehicles: 

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storing your electric bike/scooter. 

  • Fit smoke or heat detection in the room or garage where you charge or store your electric bike/scooter 

  • Store electric bikes/scooters and their batteries in a cool place. Avoid excessively hot or cold places. 

  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the storage and maintenance of lithium -ion batteries if they are not going to be used for extended periods of time. 

  • Always use the manufacturer approved charger for the product. 

  • Don’t overcharge and always unplug your charger when it’s finished charging. 

  • Don’t leave batteries to charge while you are asleep or away from the home. 

  • Don’t cover chargers or battery packs when charging. This could lead to overheating or fire. 

  • Don’t charge batteries or store your electric bike/scooter near combustible or flammable materials. In the event of an electric bike/scooter or lithium-ion battery fire – do not attempt to extinguish the fire. Get out, stay out, call 999. 

  • Avoid storing or charging e-bikes/scooters on escape routes or in communal areas where they could impede escape. 

Guidance for Fire Safety for e-scooters and e-bikes will be distributed to all residents in blocks of flats and Building Safety Managers, in our high-rise buildings, are also consulting with customers on the matter. 

Thank you for your cooperation, your safety is really importance to us.