Hoverboards — part toy, part transportation. These self-balancing scooters have quickly become the latest fad. However, many hover boards have been linked to fires. NFPA urges you to be fire safe when using these devices. Across the globe, fire incidents associated with hover boards are being reported at an alarming rate prompting internet giants Overstock and Amazon to stop selling some hover boards. After numerous media inquiries, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued fire safety tips urging hover board owners to read product guidelines and be aware of potential fire hazards when using these trendy devices.
Signs of a Problem
Some hoverboard fires have involved the Lithium-Ion batter or charger. Signs you could have a problem:
General Safety Tips:
Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
Read and follow all manufactured directions.
An adult should be responsible for charging the hoverboard.
Do not leave a charging hoverboard unattended.
Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.
Only use the charging cord that came with the hoverboard.
Stop using the hoverboard if it overheats.
If you notice any of these signs, stop using the device right away. Call 9-1-1. If safe to do so, move the hover board outside away from anything that can burn.