E-bike and lithium battery safety
Lithium-ion battery fires are happening more and more frequently. Many of these fires are caused by e-bikes and scooters. These machines are made with much larger batteries than phones or computers which make them more of a threat when they catch fire.
Every time an e-bike falls, has a collision, or short circuits, the battery becomes more susceptible to combustion. In 2022, the the New York City Fire Department responded to more than 200 e-scooter and e-bike fires, which resulted in six fatalities.
On Sunday, August 13th a 93-year old woman was engulfed in flames in Ozone Park, Queens due to a lithium battery fire.
Be aware of e-bikes in your area and take precautions.
- New Yorkers who see unsafe charging practices should report it to 311. Response times for e-bike complaints are being prioritized.
- Food service establishments charging e-bikes on premises should post a visible flyer near charging areas.