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Fire safety group shares tips for charging EVs at home

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As electric vehicles become more widespread, so does the risk of home fires related to charging EV batteries.

The National Fire Protection Association wants to raise awareness of the risks, as well as how EV owners can safely charge their vehicles at home.

EVs use high-voltage, lithium-ion batteries, which can overheat and cause fires and electric shock.

The association offers a free training course, as well as a safety tip sheet and social media cards, to help promote safety and prevent incidents.

The NFPA recommends that homeowners have a qualified electrician check their electrical system for charging capability and install a charging-specific circuit before charging.

Other tips:

  • Install charging equipment in safe locations. Keep away from busy areas and flammable objects.
  • Only use devices listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer directions.
  • Check chargers and cords before using; replace if damaged.
  • Don’t use extension cords.
  • Keep charging items out of reach of children and animals when not in use.
  • Cover the charging station outlet to keep water out.

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