Scooters And One Wheels

Exploding e-scooter batteries urgently warn the Dublin fireplace division about charging habits

Electric scooter owners have been cautioned not to charge their two-wheeled stand-up run-abouts unattended.

The ubiquitous little personal electric vehicles, also known as e-scooters, were a popular Christmas present this year and are becoming a common place for both teenagers and adults across the capital.

With that in mind, the ever vigilant Dublin Fire Department posted a terrifying picture of such a vehicle that melted overnight while it was being charged.

Next to the picture they wrote: “Did you get an e-scooter for Christmas?

“Did you charge it overnight? As with any battery-powered device, we recommend that you do not charge overnight in an empty house and that you unplug it when the battery is fully charged.”

The warning follows similar appeals from fire fighters in the UK after an e-scooter exploded while charging in a Lancashire house.

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The Hyndburn Fire Station posted a warning on Twitter last month to warn e-scooter users, “Lithium battery fires have increased as more electrical products are powered by them.

“If you notice a faulty electrical item, immediately stop using it and have it replaced or professionally repaired.”

The fire brigade also gave the following advice on charging such electronic devices:

  • Use only the charger supplied
  • Charge only for the recommended length
  • Don’t leave it unattended.
  • Charge on flat, firm and stable surfaces
  • Never charge under pillows or upholstered furniture
  • Load away from flammable materials

Charging e-scooters takes between 5 and 10 hours, depending on the model, and can usually reach top speeds of around 25 km / h.

They are very popular in Dublin, partly because they can be easily put on trains and the Luas.

For more information on e-scooters – including how to use them and safety tips – please visit the eRide community page here.

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