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October 4, 2023


Lithium-Ion batteries. A guide to the fire risk that isn’t going away but can be managed

Lithium-ion battery fires

E-bike battery found to be cause of fire in Coventry apartment block

Around 50 firefighters were called to respond to a flat fire on the 11th floor of a high-rise in Coventry on 30 September caused by an e-bike battery setting alight.

Several fire engines and response vehicles also attended the blaze at Samuel Vale House in Coventry, where several people were evacuated. Others were able to remain safely in their homes, outlined West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS).

The fire affected the whole flat in which it broke out, with smoke spreading to floors above according to the incident report.

No casualties have been reported, but the damage to the flat was described as ‘severe’.

Two days later on 2 October, WMFS found the cause of the fire to have resulted from an electric bike battery being left on charge.

Like other Fire and Rescue Services, WMFS has previously warned of the dangers of lithium-ion battery fires and repeated this message on Monday as it asked for people to exercise caution when charging them.

IFSEC Insider will be hosting a webinar alongside Firechief Global on the dangers of lithium-ion battery fires on Wednesday 11 October. Free to register, attendees will be provided with an overview of why a lithium-ion battery fire takes place and an eight step plan to mitigate the risks.

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James Hendry
James Hendry
October 7, 2023 2:01 pm

I’m well aware that lithium-iron batteries are considered to be safer now than before. I think it may have been a  lithium battery.  However, I have also been involved in The Chinese supply chain and CE certification. The simple fact is if a company checks the 2 IC and BMS protection have been installed the components may be low quality or fake. It saddened me to have bought a polisher where no attempt was made to even try to look like it had a CE certificate being sold by multiple companies online. Planning a lithium-iron battery for my home I… Read more »