Electric vehicles have become increasingly common. With more and more people and businesses moving towards electric vehicles, the usage of EV chargers has also witnessed a rampant rise. While the charging needs for commercial and personal electric vehicle chargers may differ, there are specific safety tips you need to follow despite using commercial or personal EV charging solutions.
Through this blog, we want to highlight five safety tips to follow when charging your electric vehicle. So let’s take a look at them.
Use a designated charger for home charging
There are different types of chargers for home and for public places. Commercial chargers are available at charging stations across India. While commercial chargers have their own set of safety rules, you need to take extra care when using a home charger. For starters, you must use a dedicated home charger circuit. Ensure that no other devices or appliances use the same circuit to which the home charger is connected.
Avoid using extension cords
When using EV charging solutions, never use extension cords when charging the EV, for most extension cords may heat up to the point where it spikes a fire. In fact, this information must also be present in the owner’s manual. Regardless, you must add the charger directly to the electric vehicle without using any extension cords.
Don’t run charger cables under carpets or such rugs
One of the common mistakes is to avoid running the charger under rugs. Even when you don’t connect to an extension cord, the charger still generates at least some heat. The heat will not be able to dissipate. As the heat builds up, it may ignite the carpet or rug under which it’s placed.
Reduce the risk of electric shocks
If your commercial space is installed with a DC fast charger installed in bulk, you need to maintain cable insulation, wiring and plugs. One of the most basic ways to reduce the risk of electric shocks is to regularly check all the charging components before plugging them directly into the vehicle.
Also, it helps to learn more about things to do in an emergency. While you may do all that’s in your hand to reduce the severity of the injury, electric shocks still do happen. So focus on reducing the risk of shocks and injuries as well by practising electrical safety measures like wearing rubber-soled shoes.
Inspect the charger and port to identify damage
Before charging your electric vehicle, inspect both the charger and the port for signs of damage. If you discover damage to either the charger or port, you shouldn't use it. Attempting to charge your electric vehicle with damaged equipment may result in a fire.
Of the many, the blog focuses on five essential safety tips. Whether you have installed an EV charger at home or in a public place, follow these standard safety tips. If you want to know more about the types of EV charging solutions or anything related to EVs, feel free to reach out to us. We're only a call away!