Free inspection of batteries and chargers at Cambridge’s Electric Bike Shop
The Electric Bike Shop is offering a free visual inspection to readers concerned about the safety of their battery and charger.
The battery safety report service follows the use of unsafe batteries and chargers which have had tragic consequences, including the deaths of Gemma Germeney, 31, and her children Lilly Peden, 8, and Oliver Peden, 4, at a fire in their King’s Hedges home on June 30 this year.
A fire station commander in Cambridge has warned of the risk of explosion and serious fires posed by charging electric bikes and scooters indoors overnight.
James Ball, station commander of Cambridge Fire Station, told the Cambridge Independent: “Without doubt there is a significant risk from these vehicles. I think the problem is going to get worse until the safety around the batteries is improved.”
And this week, Eddie Kehoe, co-founder of The Electric Bike Shop on Newmarket Road , said of the offer: “We have been seeing so many unsafe batteries and chargers coming through our workshop that we now offer a battery safety report service people can use to have batteries and chargers professionally inspected for safety.
“We will be happy to offer a free visual inspection to any of your readers concerned about the safety of their battery and charger.
“Many people are using electric bikes and e-scooters to get around and they need to be confident that they can charge up safely. Insurers and landlords, particularly landlords and insurers of multi-occupancy dwellings, need to consider the risks and take steps to address the risk presented by the charging of high-power batteries in their buildings.”
The lithium battery safety report involves an inspection of lithium batteries and chargers against national and internationally recognised safety standards for defects or quality issues and provides useful guidance and a report. It provides peace of mind to the owner and demonstrates due diligence being taken by letting agencies, landlords and employers.
“We offer three levels of inspection from checking the battery and charger against safety standards, checking for potential issues with charging and ensuring the battery and charger are compatible up to internal inspections and sourcing of manufacturer safety test certificates,” concludes Eddie.
For information regarding the fire brigades concern about ebike and escooter lithium batteries see here.