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NZ Fire and Emergency Warns of E-Scooter and E-Bike Charging Risks with Lithium Ion Batteries

NZ Fire and Emergency Warns of E-Scooter and E-Bike Charging Risks with Lithium Ion Batteries

Fire and Emergency in New Zealand is warning owners of e-scooters and e-bikes powered by lithium ion batteries to be cautious when charging their dev

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Fire and Emergency in New Zealand is warning owners of e-scooters and e-bikes powered by lithium ion batteries to be cautious when charging their devices. The warning comes after a person suffered critical injuries due to an e-scooter explosion in Wellington. Damaged or overheated batteries can lead to a chemical reaction called thermal runaway, causing the battery to combust suddenly. To reduce risks, users should charge the devices on hard surfaces, avoid charging them while sleeping, and ensure the charger does not overheat. Bike store owners emphasize the importance of well-maintained devices and turning off chargers once the battery is full to prevent potential hazards.

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