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E-bikes and E-scooters: Ride Safe, Charge Smart, Stay Fire Aware – With Tiny Tags for Added Peace of Mind

June 4, 2024


E-bikes and e-scooters are zipping through our streets, offering a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around. However, the lithium-ion batteries that power these vehicles require careful handling to avoid fire hazards.

The Fire Risk:

London Fire Brigade reports a concerning rise in fires caused by e-bikes and e-scooters. These fires spread quickly and are difficult to extinguish. Here’s how to minimize the risk:

Buy Smart, Buy Safe:

  • Reputable Retailers: Only purchase e-bikes and e-scooters from established stores with proven track records.
  • Beware the Bargain: Cheaper online deals might be counterfeit and lack proper safety standards.
  • The Mark of Safety: Look for the CE or UKCA mark, signifying compliance with safety regulations.
  • Recall Check: Ensure the product hasn’t been recalled by the manufacturer for safety reasons.
  • Registration Matters: Register your e-bike/e-scooter with the manufacturer for crucial safety updates and recall information.

Charging Cautiously:

  • Read the Manual: Before plugging in, familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s charging instructions.
  • Official Charger Only: Always use the charger provided by the manufacturer, not a generic alternative.
  • Supervised Charging: Don’t leave your e-bike/e-scooter unattended while charging.
  • Overnight Charging No-No: Avoid charging overnight and aim to unplug once fully charged.

Fire Safety Essentials:

  • Smoke Alarms: Install smoke alarms in the area where your e-bike/e-scooter is charged and test them monthly.
  • Escape Plan in Place: Discuss and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
  • Heat Alarms for Garages & Kitchens: The National Fire Chiefs Council recommends heat alarms for garages and kitchens where charging takes place.
  • Clear Escape Routes: Don’t store or charge your e-bike/e-scooter in areas blocking escape routes.

In Case of Fire:

  • Don’t Be a Hero: If your e-bike/e-scooter or battery catches fire, get out immediately, leave the area, and call 999.

Tiny Tags: An Extra Layer of Security for E-bike and E-scooter Riders

While the above tips are crucial for e-bike and e-scooter safety, Tiny Tags can provide an additional layer of security for riders of all ages. Here’s how:

  • Pre-loaded Emergency Information: Tiny Tags offer tinytags tags and wristbands which store vital contact details and medical information, accessible by anyone with a smartphone. This is especially helpful if an accident occurs while riding, as the rider may not be able to communicate effectively.
  • Quick Identification: In a crowded space or after an accident, bystanders can quickly access crucial information by scanning the Tiny Tag on the rider’s wristband or clothing.
  • Peace of Mind for Everyone: Tiny Tags offer peace of mind for both riders and parents/guardians, knowing that emergency responders or helpful individuals can access important details instantly.
  • QR Stickers: Tiny Tags offer QR Stickers to protect your belongings from loss. Simply scan to reveal contact information and receive a location alert.

Ride with Confidence, Equipped with Safety:

By following these safety guidelines and considering Tiny Tags for added security, you can enjoy the fun and convenience of e-bikes and e-scooters with a minimized risk of fire hazards and a greater sense of security for your ride.

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