By Tamsin Brown •
Published: 14 Jul 2022 • 20:53
Take extra precautions when charging personal mobility devices, says the Mallorca Fire Department. Credit: Consell de Mallorca
The Mallorca Fire Department has warned that people should take extra precautions as fires can start when charging devices such as scooters.
The Mallorca Fire Department has launched a campaign on social networks to warn citizens about the risk of fires in homes caused by personal mobility devices (PMDs), which include electric skateboards, motorised scooters and Segways.
The number of people who use PMDs has grown significantly over the last few years. They can be found in many Mallorca homes, mainly because of their convenience for getting around cities and how easily they can be charged. However, charging these devices also requires a great deal of care, as they can be the source of a fire or other types of accident, and people should take extra precautions.
The Mallorca Fire Department recommends only ever using the charger and batteries provided by the manufacturer. These devices should never be charged near combustible materials, when wet or if the batteries have suffered any type of damage. They should not be left charging unattended and it is not advisable to connect a lot of equipment to the same power strip. Finally, PMDs should not be tampered with, as doing so increases the risk of fire.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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