Warning of ‘alarming spate’ of house fires caused by e-bike and e-scooter batteries

Shoppers are warned to avoid buying e-scooters and e-bikes unless they are being sold from established retailers

Mustafa Javid Qadri
Thursday 09 February 2023 06:25 GMT
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<p>The fire damage inside the 12th floor flat in Shepherds Bush (LBF)</p>

The fire damage inside the 12th floor flat in Shepherds Bush (LBF)

An “alarming spate” of house fires has been caused by e-bikes and e-scooters’ lithium-ion batteries, new figures show.

The number of fires caused by the batteries has jumped by 150 per cent in the past year - a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

While 88 firefighter callouts were related to e-bikes fires last year – an increase of 80 per cent on the 49 responded to in 2021.

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