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18 Aug 20201 minute read

ESF safety guidance around electric scooters

ESF safety guidance around electric scooters

Electrical Safety First has provided some safety guidance on the use of e-scooters. This includes:

  • Only use the charger supplied by the manufacturer, and never leave your electric scooter charging unattended.
  • Don’t leave your electric scooter in very hot or very cold temperatures. Instead, store it in a cool, dark place.
  • If any part of your scooter appears damaged (including the charger, cable and/or socket) stop using it immediately.
  • Only purchase from a reputable retailer - don’t buy from market stalls, social media or online marketplaces.
  • Ensure that the electric scooter is of good quality - check for misspellings, bad translations and attempts to copy larger brands.
  • Faulty electrical items will often be missing warranty cards and instructions.
  • If you suspect that you have a sub-standard or faulty electric scooter, stop using it immediately and report the fault to the manufacturer or retailer.
  • Always wear a sturdy, high-quality helmet when riding your electric scooter.

Users of e-scooters should also check the legal rules around the use of e-scooters on public roads and pavements.