Lithium Batteries

Do you know about the dangers of lithium (L-ion) batteries? These batteries are widely used for things like mobile phones and DIY tools, and also larger equipment such as electric bikes and e-scooters - but they can be a fire risk, so it’s important to understand the hazards of using them.

We’ve pulled an easy-to-follow list of Dos and Don’ts together to help keep you and your family safe when using items that require lithium batteries.


  • Don’t charge your e-bike or e-scooter in communal areas, such as hallways or corridors
  • Don’t store your e-bike or e-scooter in a very hot or very cold area
  • Don’t charge or store your e-bike or e-scooter near flammable materials or on a flammable surface
  • Don’t overcharge your battery
  • Don’t dispose of lithium batteries in your household waste
  • Don’t use power points in communal areas
  • Don’t overload the power point when charging


  • Only charge batteries when you’re awake and alert
  • Check your battery and charger regularly for any signs of damage
  • Always unplug your battery when charging has finished
  • Always use a manufacturer-approved charger
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely
  • Check your tenancy agreement: some battery-powered items such as electric motorbikes may be prohibited from being inside your home
  • Recycle used batteries - put them in a small plastic bag on top of your wheelie bin on collection day

Learn more about using lithium batteries safely