Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis said: Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis said: "Due to fire reignition risks, it's a concern for the rest of the nation if EVs compromised by salt water are resold, and we've already gotten unconfirmed reports of these causing fires outside of Florida." (Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is urging those impacted by Hurricane Ian to be on alert for potential fires caused by lithium-ion batteries that were submerged in salt water. To date, eight fires have been linked to batteries in electric vehicles following the hurricane, but the insurance regulation office reported that golf carts, scooters and power tools also carry these fire risks.

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