10 August 2023
With the growing popularity of electric bikes (E-Bikes) and electric scooters (E-Scooters), the States
of Jersey Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness of the best charging practices for these
E-bikes and E-scooters are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can cause fires if charged
incorrectly. SJFRS want to highlight the importance of responsible charging habits to protect both
users and their surroundings, particularly in relation to cheaper imported batteries, and using the
wrong chargers for the device.
Watch Commander Toby Aubert said: “Fortunately, we haven’t experienced many fires in Jersey due
to the improper charging practices of e-bikes and e-scooters, but we do know that this is one of
the fastest growing fire risks in the UK.
“E-bikes are a fantastic, environmentally friendly and low-cost way of getting round, but we’d ask
owners to follow some key safety advice, particularly in relation to where and how they charge their
SJFRS recommends the following guidelines:
1. Always use the charger provided by the manufacturer or authorised distributors.
2. Disconnect the charger once the battery is fully charged to avoid overcharging.
3. Charge devices on a stable, non-flammable surface, away from combustible materials.
4. Avoid charging e-bikes and e-scooters overnight or for extended periods.
5. Regularly inspect chargers and cables for any signs of damage or wear and replace if
6. Avoid charging indoors where possible.
You should also avoid storing or charging e-bikes and e-scooters on escape routes or in communal
areas in multiple occupancy buildings. These should always be kept clear.
And finally, always make sure you have smoke alarms fitted on all levels of your property.
For more information on safe charging practices for e-bikes and e-scooters, please visit:
E-bike and e-scooter fire safety guidance (gov.je).
While it is legal to buy or sell an e-scooter in Jersey, riding them on public roads,
pavements or cycle lanes is against the law.