The City of Evanston authorities are increasingly concerned about a surge in structure fires linked to e-bikes stored and charged inside residential dwellings. As electric bicycles gain popularity for their eco-friendly and efficient transportation, our community must be aware of the potential dangers and adopt best practices to ensure safety.
In recent months, there has been an unprecedented number of fire incidents directly attributed to e-bikes. These devices’ improper charging, storage, and maintenance have been identified as primary contributors to these unfortunate events. To address this issue and safeguard our community, the following essential safety concerns and best practices have been identified:
- Proper Charging and StorageE-bike owners should always use the manufacturer-approved charger and charge the bike in a well-ventilated area. Never leave the e-bike unattended while charging, and avoid charging it near flammable materials such as paper, fabrics, or cleaning chemicals.
- Battery MaintenanceRegularly inspect the e-bike’s battery for any signs of damage, wear, or leaks. If any issues are identified, the battery should be replaced immediately, and old batteries should be disposed of responsibly.
- Designated Charging AreaIt is essential to designate a specific and safe area within your home or garage solely for e-bike charging. This area should be clear of potential fire hazards and equipped with a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm.
- Fire Safety EquipmentEvery household with an e-bike should have functional fire extinguishers and smoke alarms strategically placed throughout the property. Knowing how to use fire extinguishers effectively is crucial for emergency preparedness.
The Evanston Fire Department is committed to enhancing public safety and has planned various initiatives to educate residents on e-bike safety. Tutorials and safety training will be provided by our Fire Prevention Bureau to raise awareness and provide hands-on experience in handling fire incidents effectively. The next scheduled class will be held during our Emergency Preparedness Fair, scheduled for September 16th from 9 am – 4 pm at the Robert Crown Center.
Our community’s safety remains our utmost priority as we witness a concerning rise in e-bike-related fires. By promoting responsible charging, proper storage, and regular maintenance, we can collectively reduce the risk of such incidents. Together, we can make The City of Evanston a safer place for everyone.
Let us all work together to raise awareness, prioritize safety, and prevent accidents related to e-bikes. Together, we can protect our homes, families, and community.
For more information about e-bike safety, including safety guidelines, visit the Evanston Fire Department website or contact 311 by calling or texting 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.