Fire officials in Florida have issued a warning to the public after recent storms have highlighted major safety issues with electric vehicles.
A local fire and rescue department started raising the alarm in the wake of Hurricane Idalia’s landfall in Florida’s Big Bend near Keaton Beach in late August.
The department has warned owners of electric-powered cars, trucks, scooters, and golf carts that exposure to salt water can cause the vehicles’ batteries to catch fire.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue on Florida’s Gulf Coast issued the warning in a post on Facebook.
The post urges owners to move their battery-powered vehicles out of their garages if they come in contact with salt water, to prevent the fire from spreading to the structure.