Lithium Ion Battery Safety

Fire Safety Dispatch

December 23, 2021

To date in 2021, there were 93 fires in New York City attributed to the charging of large lithium ion batteries for electronic personal vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters.

  • Columbia University currently bans e-scooters, hoverboards and similar devices from all housing buildings.
  • Charging a lithium ion powered personal vehicle is strictly prohibited in any CUIMC building.

Lithium ion batteries are used in many types of products. Please visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website for additional consumer safety information on lithium ion battery safety.