KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue is urging the public to be mindful of the proper usage and handling of lithium-ion batteries in the wake of a recent incident in Toronto where an e-bike equipped with lithium-ion batteries caught fire on a subway train.
The incident occurred on New Year’s Eve when an e-bike burst into flames inside a Toronto subway train, causing a person to sustain non-life-threatening injuries. Videos captured the intensity of the flames and the subsequent evacuation of the train as smoke billowed out. In light of this event, transit authorities stated policies allowing e-bikes on-board may be subject to review to ensure the safety of passengers and prevent similar incidents in the future.
Closer to home, in August, a house fire on Emily Park Road, east of Omemee, was caused by a charging e-bike battery that exploded. The damages were estimated to be almost $900,000. Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2023/07/24/900000-damage-to-home-on-emily-park-road-after-e-bike-battery-fire/
KLFRS emphasizes the importance of using lithium-ion batteries responsibly and the importance of adhering to safety guidelines to mitigate potential risks. Lithium-ion batteries, commonly found in various electronic devices, can pose a fire hazard if mishandled, damaged, or improperly charged. Understanding and following proper usage practices is crucial in preventing accidents and ensuring public safety.
To ensure the safe use of lithium-ion batteries, KLFRS recommends the following precautions:
- Proper Charging: Always use the manufacturer-recommended charger for the specific device. Avoid using counterfeit or incompatible chargers that may lead to overcharging and overheating.
- Avoid Overcharging: Do not leave devices unattended while charging, and remove them from the charger once fully charged to prevent overcharging.
- Storage: Store devices with lithium-ion batteries in cool, dry places and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
- Inspect for Damage: Regularly inspect batteries and electronic devices for signs of damage, such as swelling, leaks, or unusual odors. Replace damaged or aging batteries promptly.
- Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions for the proper use, maintenance, and disposal of electronic devices containing lithium-ion batteries.
Visit the KLFRS Fire Safety and Prevention page to learn more about fire safety in Kawartha Lakes.
More information about lithium-ion batteries can be found through the National Fire Protection Association webpage at: https://www.nfpa.org/