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  • Writer's pictureThe British Polio Fellowship

Charging your mobility scooter or wheelchair

Mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs are popular electric mobility aids that help many polio survivors get out and about.

Most are powered by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries which can be charged in the home. It’s important when charging your scooter or wheelchair, you do so safely to avoid a risk of a fire starting and putting lives and homes at risk. When charging, it is important:

  • to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always unplug your charger when it has finished charging.

  • you have a working smoke alarm where you charge your mobility scooter or wheelchair.

  • you charge batteries whilst you are awake and alert, and you don't charge batteries overnight while you are asleep or away from home.

  • to always use the approved manufacturers charger for the mobility scooter or wheelchair.

  • to buy an official replacement charger from a reputable seller.

  • you do not cover chargers or battery packs when charging because this could lead to overheating.

  • not to charge batteries or store your mobility scooter or wheelchair near combustible or flammable materials.

  • you do not over-charge the battery.

  • you do not overload socket outlets or use inappropriate extension leads.

  • to have a safe area for storing your mobility scooter or wheelchair that will not hinder safe evacuation in the event of a fire.

In the event of a fire involving a lithium-ion (rechargeable) battery NEVER attempt to tackle it yourself. It is important to note that water isn’t effective at extinguishing a lithium-ion battery fire and can actually make it worse. Get out, stay out, and call 999.

When disposing of a lithium-ion battery this can’t be done in your household waste, you must take this to a household refuse and recycling plant.

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