E-bike and e-scooters

- our guidance for responsible persons

We know people are worried about e-bike and e-scooter fires and the risk they pose to life and property. That’s why we’ve released guidance for those responsible for fire safety in buildings, such as landlords and business owners, on how best to store and charge these vehicles.

Incidents on the rise

The use of Electric Powered Personal Vehicles (EPPVs), including e-bikes and e-scooters is increasing, and so too are the number of fires they are involved in. In 2018 we recorded just five incidents involving EPPVs. In the first six months of 2023 we’ve already attended 91 incidents.

What you need to know as a responsible person

If you’re the responsible person for an office or residential building covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 - you might be considering how to handle the storage and charging of Electric Powered Personal Vehicles (EPPVs).

Our Guidance Notes below are based on our current knowledge of the risks associated with EPPVs. The rapid changes in technology mean that we’ll be periodically reviewing the notes to incorporate emerging research.

These documents are intended to help the responsible person and landlords, or others responsible for fire safety in buildings. They cover storage and charging, and also specifically look at the risks associated with fires in communal areas.

Guidance Notes

GN 103 - Charging and storage for Electric Powered Personal Vehicles

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GN 84 - Fires in communal areas

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