Sunday, April 24, 2022

Electric bike fire hazard. Over 140 fires five deaths in NYC in 18 months

FDNY officials are warning that the lithium ion batteries from increasingly-popular e-bikes present a fire hazard, and have already been responsible for at least 140 fires in the last 16 months alone. Those fires have caused dozens of injuries and at least 5 deaths in New York City since the start of 2021. 

According to WCBS-TV, FDNY put out four fires attributed to the bikes in a single day on Thursday. One of those fires consumed two houses on East Ninth Street in Brooklyn. According to the Daily News, the fire took 100 firefighters over two hours to put out, and caused 7 injuries. The Fire Department said that these fires were nothing new, and that there have already been over 40 fires this year started by e-bikes, at least one of which has been deadly. Officials further said that there were over 100 such fires in 2021, leading to 79 injuries and at least four deaths.A dozen people were noted to be injured in Thursday's e-bike fires alone. 

Lithium-ion battery-powered conveyances have become increasingly common in many large cities, but they do come with risk. FDNY suggests that the lithium ion batteries that come factory installed with these devices are generally safe, but the problem seems to occur when customers cut corners by purchasing third-party replacement batteries that may not always be appropriately tested or safe.


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