e-bike Fire caused by compromised Lithium-Ion Battery - Chatswood

Published: 17 Feb 2023 04:31pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has responded to a fire involving an e-bike today at Chatswood, on Sydney's lower north shore.

The bike caught alight at a Council depot in Gibbes Street just before 11am.

The fire, in the bike's lithium-ion battery compartment, was extinguished by a council worker, using an extinguisher.

When firefighters arrived they continued to cool the battery, then submerged it in water.

Lithium-ion batteries can reignite with fierce intensity and without notice.

Firefighters have determined the battery ignited after it had been cut by a worker trying to dispose of the bicycle, disposed of in a skip bin.

"Lithium-ion batteries are safe, however they can ignite with explosive force if they overheat, are cut or suffer a significant impact," Superintendent Adam Dewberry said.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of fires involving lithium-ion batteries and the devices they power.

"FRNSW recommends that you purchase battery-powered equipment from a reputable retailer, make sure it meets Australian safety standards, charge the battery in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and never cut a battery.

"If the battery is showing any signs of damage, including bulging or cracks, discard it.

"If you suspect you have had a fire in any battery pack, always call Triple Zero (000) for assistance."

Updated: 17 Feb 2023 04:35pm

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It's important that we all understand the risks of lithium-ion batteries and be prepared if things go wrong.

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