Electric Vehicle

NFPA releases free EV fire safety resources

April 17, 2024 – The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA), a non-profit organization that works to eliminate death, injury, and property loss caused by fire and electrical hazards, has introduced a series of free resources, guidelines, and information to help raise awareness about EV fires and safe EV charging practices at home.

According to the International Energy Agency, global sales of electric vehicles exceeded 10 million in 2022 and are expected to grow in the coming years. At the same time, consumer concerns about the fire safety risk of EVs are increasing. Lithium-ion batteries, the most widely used and reliable source of energy for electric vehicles, are central to questions about safety.     

“It is widely known that electric vehicles provide environmental and cost-effective benefits,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “However, as the news reports fires involving EVs, concerns persist about the risks they pose. NFPA is working to better educate the public about the risks associated with EVs and other devices that use lithium-ion batteries. Through advocacy efforts that highlight our new online resources and information, they aim to promote safer usage practices.”

The new online resources from NFPA feature more detailed information about lithium-ion batteries and EV maintenance. They also provide tips for consumers to stay safe when charging their electric vehicle at home. Resources for safety educators and consumers, including a safety tip sheet and social media cards, are all free and downloadable. A free training course is also available to the public. It helps address some of the common concerns and myths about owning an electrical vehicle, including safety features, charge types, and battery life.

NFPA recommends these tips when charging electric vehicles at home to help prevent fires:

  • Before charging an electric vehicle at home, have a qualified electrician check your electrical system to see if it can handle charging.
  • Install charging equipment in safe locations. Keep away from busy areas and things that could catch fire.
  • Utilize devices that a qualified testing laboratory has listed.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer directions. 
  • Check chargers and cords for damage before using. Never use if damaged.
  • Do not use more than one plug or extension cords with the charger.
  • Keep charging items out of reach of children and animals when not in use.
  • Cover charging station outlet to keep water out.
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