Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for more sustainable ways to travel.  However, there are concerns about the safety of EVs, particularly when it comes to fire safety. While EVs are generally safe, there are certain precautions that should be taken to minimise the risk of fire. So if you own an EV, this information is for you.

EVs use high-voltage batteries to power their motors. These batteries are typically made up of numerous individual cells, and if one of these cells becomes damaged or faulty, it can cause a thermal runaway, which can lead to a fire. While such incidents are rare, they can be catastrophic, and it’s important to take steps to prevent them.

Follow the charging guidelines

One of the most important things that you can do to reduce the risk of an EV fire is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to charging the vehicle. Overcharging can cause the battery to overheat, which can lead to a fire. It’s also important to ensure that the charging station and cables are in good condition and that the correct charging procedure is being followed. Never charge an EV with damaged cables or a damaged charging station.

Be aware of your surroundings

Another important precaution is to keep the battery and the charging station away from flammable materials. EV batteries can reach very high temperatures, especially during charging, and if they come into contact with flammable materials, such as gasoline or oil, they can ignite. Make sure that the battery and the charging station are placed on a non-flammable surface and away from any flammable materials.

Stay on top of servicing

It’s also a good idea to ensure that your EV is serviced regularly by a qualified technician. The technician should check the battery and charging system to ensure that everything is working properly. They can also check for any signs of damage or wear and tear that could increase the risk of a fire.

Be prepared

Finally, it’s important to have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of an emergency. Make sure that the fire extinguisher is appropriate for use on electrical fires and that it is easily accessible in case of an emergency. It’s important you familiarise yourself with the proper use of the fire extinguisher so that you can react quickly in case of a fire.

Overall, EVs are generally safe, and the risk of a fire is low. However, it’s important to take precautions to minimise the risk especially if you are a new EV owner. By following the manufacturer’s guidelines for charging, keeping the battery and charging station away from flammable materials, having your vehicle serviced regularly, and having a fire extinguisher on hand, you can help to ensure the safety of your EV and your home.

Fire safety is an important consideration when it comes to EVs, to get the right advice on how you can best protect your property or business get in touch with Global Fire on 1300 88 70 18 or email inquiries@globalfire.com.au and we will guide you through what you need to know.