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$900,000 Damage To Home On Emily Park Road After E-Bike Battery Fire

KAWARTHA LAKES-A home on Emily Park Road sustained extensive damage after a fire on Sunday night.

Courtesy Alicia Westbury

Fire crews were called to the scene south of Highway 7 at approximately 8:10 pm.  Firefighters from Omemee, Emily, Bethany and Dunsford responded to the blaze.

Courtesy Alicia Westbury

Fire Chief Terry Jones says the fire started in the garage and spread throughout the home after an e-bike battery that was being charged, erupted in flames. The family was home at the time but everyone got out ok. There were no injuries according to Jones.

Jones says these types of fires are becoming more common with a couple of similar incidents recently in Peterborough.

Consumer Reports says e-bikes use lithium-ion batteries with can catch fire. The offer this advice for any device powered by a lithium-ion battery, whether it’s a phone, tablet, or robotic vacuum cleaner.

  • Buy an electric bike that is certified by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
  • Always use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made specifically for the bike.
  • Do not leave an electric bike unattended while it’s charging, and don’t leave it charging overnight.
  • If a battery overheats or you notice an odor, a change in shape or color, leaking, or odd noises, stop using it immediately.
  • If the battery reacts in an alarming way, and it is safe to do so, move the device away from anything that can catch fire and call 911.
  • Keep batteries and devices at room temperature. Do not place them in direct sunlight.
  • Store batteries away from anything flammable.
  • Do not use aftermarket batteries.
  • Do not charge an electronic device under your pillow, on your bed, or near a couch.
  • Do not block your primary way into and out of the building with an e-bike.
  • Do not leave an e-bike in a child’s room 

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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