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The Office for Product Safety and Standards is highlighting important steps people should take if they own or are considering buying an e-bike or e-scooter

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued an important safety message, highlighting the steps people should take when owning or thinking of buying an e-bike or scooter.

E-bikes and e-scooters use large lithium-ion batteries which can present a risk of serious fire or explosion in certain circumstances. While these can be used safely, there have been a number of fires involving lithium-ion batteries in e-bikes and e-scooters, including in conversion kits.

OPSS recommends you follow these five steps when purchasing, using or charging your e-bike or e-scooter to reduce fire risks:

  • Step 1: RESEARCH – only buy an e-bike, e-scooter, charger or battery from a known seller and check any product reviews
  • Step 2: READ – always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and using e-bikes or e-scooters
  • Step 3: CHECK – not all e-bike or e-scooter batteries and chargers are compatible or safe when used together. Check and only use the manufacturer’s recommended battery or charger
  • Step 4: CHARGE – always charge in a safe place without blocking exits and always unplug your charger when you have finished charging
  • Step 5: NEVER – attempt to modify or tamper with your battery

Further safety advice and top tips can be found below: