Still wondering about fires involving electric vehicle batteries?

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Mar 25, 2014

Still wondering what to do if you have to fight a fire in a vehicle powered by high voltage electric batteries?The Fire Protection Research Foundation has completed its research project where they did burn ev batteries in a vehicle fire training props.

Based on that research, here's three things to remember about extinguishing an EV fire involving the batteries:

1. Have lots of water available

2.Monitor the vehicle and batteries after you have completed extinguishment, ev batteries have reignited several hours after the fire was extinguished

3.Wear full PPE and follow safe firefighting practices, just as you would for an gasoline powered vehicle.

Here is a recent webinar the Foundation presented with the research results and more information on suppressing ev battery fires.