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Toronto Fire Services launches lithium-ion battery safety campaign

June 27, 2024 
By Jared Dodds


June 27, 2024, Toronto — Toronto Fire Services introduced a lithium-ion battery public safety and education campaign in partnership with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.

The campaign, titled This is Your Warning, aims to highlight the fire risks associated with lithium-ion batteries in micromobility devices such as e-bikes.

In 2023, the number of lithium-ion battery related fires in Toronto increased by 90 per cent compared to 2022, and in 2024 there have already been 15 fire involving lithium-ion batteries.

“Lithium-ion batteries are commonplace for us all as they are in use in a wide variety of devices that are part of our daily lives, such as e-scooters and e-bikes. This modern convenience is coupled with the risk of devastating fires,” said Matthew Pegg, fire chief for Toronto Fire Services, in a press statement. “Today… we launch a new fire safety campaign to educate on the potential hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries and empower residents in Toronto and across the province with the knowledge to safeguard themselves, their property, and others.”

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