First Responder Safety – How to Extinguish: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

How to Extinguish Lithium-Ion Battery Fires Lithium-ion battery fires have unique threats, which include reignition and explosion if they are not extinguished properly. Hazardous energy may still exist even after the battery or device is shut down. Electrolyte Spills Identify the chemistry involved to know the response. Reference any pre-plan info if available.  Interview any […]

Damaged EV Battery: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Electric Vehicle Battery Identification & Transportation, After Damage Automotive batteries (12v, hybrid, and EV batteries) pose a risk if not properly prepared and transported, using all necessary standard operating procedures. This danger can be higher if the battery systems in the vehicles have been compromised in an accident. Lithium-ion batteries contain high energy and present […]

Combating Roadblocks To Widespread EV Adoption

ESFI and Wesco’s article, Combating Roadblocks To Widespread EV Adoption, was recently published on Facility Executive’s website. Read the article here. Combating Roadblocks To Widespread EV Adoption When electric vehicle (EV) adoption becomes more common, existing electrical systems will be under greater pressure. by Brett Brenner and Sean R. Nacey E-mobility, or the electrification of […]

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Survey

In late 2023, the Electrical Safety Foundation surveyed electric vehicle supply equipment installers, building owners, and electric vehicle owners to understand their knowledge of electric vehicle charging safety and to understand how prepared each group was for EV charging.  Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Installers 82% of installers believe EVSE installation should require specific certification […]

Electric Vehicle Owner Charging Survey

In late 2023, the Electrical Safety Foundation surveyed electric vehicle owners to understand their knowledge of electric vehicle charging safety and to understand if the average American home is prepared for EV charging.  Home EV Charging Survey Results 85% of EV owners have at-home chargers Over 95% of owners were “satisfied or very satisfied” with […]

Electrification Charges Forward

ESFI and Wesco’s article, Electrification Charges Forward, was recently published on Environmental Protection’s website. Read the article here. Electrification Charges Forward By Brett Brenner, Nelson Squires The introduction of the incandescent light bulb in the 1880s was the first spark that set humanity on the course of electrification. Although by 1925, only half of American […]

Avoid Non-Approved Electric Vehicle Adapters – Video Short

Charging your electric vehicle? Well, make sure you only use manufacturer-approved charging cables. Never use non-approved adapters. Non-approved adapters may seem like a quick fix, but they can bypass safety features installed in manufacturer-approved chargers. They can also cause shocks, fires, and even damage your car’s battery. To ensure your safety and the longevity of […]

EV Charging Equipment – Video Short

If you have an electric vehicle, you gotta charge it, so you might as well stay safe when you do it. First make sure your charging equipment has been tested and certified, and then have a qualified electrician complete the installation. Before charging, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Inspect the charger, and never use it […]

Qualified EV Installation – Video Short

Thinking about installing an EV charger for your home? Make sure all chargers are installed by a qualified electrician to ensure that safety standards and electrical codes are met. Have them do a site assessment before the installation to ensure that your electrical system can handle the demands. It may need to be updated to […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Protect your Electric Bike and Electric Scooter Lithium-ion batteries power many portable consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and even store power in energy storage systems. In normal applications, the Li-ion batteries are safe, but if damaged or overheated, they can cause fires. Only use manufacturer-provided or authorized batteries and charging equipment. All equipment should be certified […]

Prepare your Home or Business for Electric Vehicles

Thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle? Make sure your home or business is prepared for electric vehicle charging: Charging Types Charging types vary based on the amount of electricity used and how fast they charge Level 1: 120v. Standard home outlet. 3-5 miles of range per hour Level 2: 240v. Requires EV charger installation. 10-20 […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Safety

Stay safe while charging your electric vehicle: Visually inspect the charging cable before use. Never use a damaged charger Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to charge Never use an extension cord or multiplug adapter when charging electric vehicles Only use manufacturer-provided or approved charging cables. Never use an adapter to change charging types Never […]