Dinowitz announces bills to regulate e-batteries after Tremont supermarket fire


New York State Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz has joined the effort to regulate lithium-ion batteries in the wake of another fire in the borough. 

A five-alarm blaze in the West Bronx on Sunday morning injured five firefighters, one EMS responder and one civilian, according to reporting by amNewYork. Investigators found the fire originated from a battery inside of an e-scooter. 

Dinowitz, a Bronx elected, announced Monday that he’d be pushing two bills that would regulate the use of low-quality lithium-ion batteries. 

“Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly ubiquitous in modern society, from rechargeable laptops and phones to e-bikes and electric cars,” he said. “It is paramount that New Yorkers trust that these products are safe to use and have in their homes, and this legislation will bring our regulatory system into the 21st Century.”