NEW YORK - The lithium-ion battery in an e-scooter overheated during charging, sparking a fire that ripped through a bike shop and part of a building in Queens this week, according to the FDNY.
The FDNY said a number of fires in the city have started because of faulty lithium-ion or other rechargeable batteries in an e-bike, e-scooter, and other electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and robotic vacuum cleaners.
So many fires are started by lithium-ion batteries that the FDNY has a PSA with safety tips. Here is a summary of the tips:
- Don't charge a device under your pillow, on your bed, or near a couch
- Always use the manufacturer's cord and power adapter
- Keep batteries and devices at room temperature; don't place them in direct sunlight
- Store batteries away from anything flammable
- Stop using a battery if it overheats, leaks, emits an odor, or changes shape or color
- Don't leave e-bikes/e-scooters unattended while charging
- Don't charge e-bikes/e-scooters overnight
- Don't throw rechargeable batteries in the trash or recycling; you must dispose of them at a facility that handles batteries
The FDNY and FDNY Foundation safety tips for handling and using lithium-ion batteries.