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Electric Vehicle Fire Safety

One of the most controversial topics surrounding electric vehicles (EVs) is their fire safety. These concerns include the risk of lithium-ion battery fires, which can be harder to extinguish than traditional gasoline fires, and the possibility of thermal runaway.

The rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has been met with enthusiasm from eco-conscious consumers who appreciate their energy efficiency and sustainability. However, with any new technology comes concerns and questions about safety. One of the most controversial topics surrounding EVs is their fire safety. While EVs are generally considered safe, some high-profile incidents have raised concerns about their potential fire risks. These concerns include the risk of lithium-ion battery fires, which can be harder to extinguish than traditional gasoline fires, and the possibility of thermal runaway. As the use of EVs continues to expand, it is essential to understand and address the potential fire safety risks associated with these vehicles. This topic is critical as we aim for more environmentally-friendly transportation in the future while ensuring the safety of everyone.

Electric Vehicle Fire Safety

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Before buying an EV,
have a qualified electrician install

    • A new, dedicated circuit for your EV charging device. Older home wiring may not be suitable for use with EV supply equipment.
    • Level II charging devices (if that is your preferred charging method).

Charging EVs

    • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when charging your vehicle. Check with your local dealer if you need additional information.
    • Purchase a charging device that is certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
    • Plug Level I EV chargers directly into an outlet designed to handle the amperage of the charging device. Never use a multiplug adapter or extension cord.
    • Install a residual current device with the charging unit. It will turn off the power if a fault is detected and help prevent a fire.
    • Place all charging device components out of reach of children when not in use.
    • Maintain the components of your charging station according to the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines. Signs of excessive wear may indicate a potential shock hazard. Never use an EV charger with obvious signs of damage.
    • Cover the EV charging station outlet to stop water from entering. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure it is safe to charge your EV in wet conditions.

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