In recent years, electric vehicles (EVs) have become increasingly popular due to their low emissions and energy efficiency. However, as more businesses and individuals adopt EVs, there is also an increased risk of fires related to battery and charging technologies. As a commercial insurance provider, it is important for us to provide guidance to businesses to help them manage these risks. In this article, we will discuss fire protection guidance for batteries and electric vehicle charging, including a risk assessment and steps that businesses can take to protect themselves.

Fire Protection for EV Chargers

Risk Assessment Guidance

Before implementing fire protection measures, businesses should conduct a risk assessment to identify potential fire hazards and assess the risk of fires occurring. Here are some areas to consider when conducting a risk assessment for batteries and electric vehicle charging:

Charging Stations: Charging stations are the most common locations for EV-related fires. Businesses should ensure that charging stations are installed and maintained by a qualified electrician and are located in a well-ventilated area.

Employee Training: Businesses should provide training for employees on how to handle batteries and EV charging stations safely. Employees should be trained to recognize signs of potential fire hazards, such as overheating or arcing, and to follow appropriate procedures in the event of a fire.

Emergency Response Plan: Businesses should have an emergency response plan in place in case of a fire. The plan should include evacuation procedures, contact information for emergency services, and instructions on how to contain and extinguish a fire.

Steps for Fire Protection

Once a risk assessment has been conducted, businesses can take steps to protect themselves from the risk of fires related to batteries and EV charging. Here are some measures that businesses can take:

Fire Suppression Systems: Install automatic fire suppression systems near charging stations and battery storage areas. These systems can quickly detect and suppress fires, minimizing damage and reducing the risk of injury or death.

Battery Monitoring Systems: Install battery monitoring systems that can detect and alert employees to potential issues, such as overheating or overcharging. These systems can also shut down charging stations automatically if an issue is detected.

Safe Charging Practices: Encourage safe charging practices among employees and customers. This includes not charging vehicles overnight and not charging multiple vehicles from the same outlet or circuit.

Regular Inspections: Inspect charging stations and battery storage areas regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly and are free of potential fire hazards.

Training and Education: Provide training and education to employees and customers on safe battery handling and charging practices. This can include information on how to recognize signs of potential fire hazards and how to respond appropriately in case of a fire.


The increasing adoption of EVs brings with it new risks and challenges, particularly in relation to fire hazards related to batteries and charging stations. By conducting a risk assessment and implementing appropriate fire protection measures, businesses can help protect themselves and their employees from these risks. At Safe and Insured, we understand the importance of fire protection for businesses, and we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial insurance policies and how we can help you manage your risks.