April 12, 2023In HUD Announcements, News, Uncategorized1 Minutes

HUD Memo on Fire Hazards and Prevention Tips for Electric Scooters and Bikes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a memorandum to increase awareness and provide information regarding fire hazards and fire prevention tips for electric scooters and bikes.

View the full memorandum at the link below:
Fire Hazard Memo.pdf

In the memorandum HUD encourages property owners and agents to post the accompanying flyer in prominent locations in their buildings and periodically remind all staff and residents through other communications about these dangers and prevention tips. A printable version of this flyer can be downloaded at the page linked below:

Safety Tips

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends following these guidelines:

  • Always be present when charging devices using lithium-ion batteries.
  • Only use the charger that came with your device.
  • Only use an approved replacement battery pack.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper charging and unplug the device when done.
  • Never charge while sleeping.
  • Never use these devices with a battery pack that has been modified/reworked by unqualified personnel or with re-purposed or used cells.
  • Never throw lithium batteries into the trash or general recycling. Instead, take them to your local battery recycler or hazardous waste collection center.