Batteries, E-Scooters and E-Bikes

E-bikes and E-scooters are becoming increasingly popular.  Most are powered by lithium-ion batteries.

mobility scooters in charging area

How to keep your home safe when charging your e-scooter or e-bike.

It's important when charging e-bikes and e-scooters, you do it safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting your family and home at risk. 

Please note: residents are NOT permitted to store or charge e-scooters and e-bikes in communal areas as any items left there can block emergency exit routes and create a fire risk.

Safely charging your e-scooter or e-bike

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Always unplug your charger when its finished charging.
  • Don’t charge e-bikes and e-scooters in bedrooms or where escape routes can be blocked – for example, hallways.
  • Don’t leave your battery charging unattended, when you are out or while you are asleep.
  • Don’t cover chargers or battery packs when charging
  • Don’t overload sockets or use inappropriate extension leads
  • Don’t charge or store batteries in direct sunlight or in hot locations (above 45⁰C)
  • Don’t charge batteries close to combustible materials or hazardous substances.
  • If your battery can be removed from your e-bike or e-scooter and charged separately, it should be charged on a hard flat surface where heat can disperse and in area with good ventilation.

For more information on how to safely charge your e-bike or e-scooter please visit e-scooters and e-bikes | London Fire Brigade (

Maintaining your E-Scooter or E-Bike

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and using your product.
  • Always use the manufacturer-approved battery and charger.
  • If you need a replacement battery or charger for your e-bike or e-scooter go directly back to the manufacturer or retailer you bought it from to ensure it’s safe.
  • Regularly inspect your product and check for damage or warning signs that your battery might be failing and becoming a fire risk.
  • Don’t attempt to modify or tamper with your battery.