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