FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Due to recent media coverage of several fire incidents, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a series of safety tips urging "hover board" owners to read product guidelines and be aware of potential fire hazards when using the devices.
NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy, Lorraine Carli said, "It seems hover boards are the hottest holiday gifts on the planet this year. A number of media outlets reported fire incidents are cause for caution to avoid Christmas wishes going up in smoke."
According to Carli, the NFPA received requests for hover board fire safety tips and any relevant information on Lithium-Ion batteries. She advises hover board owners to read all manufacturers' guidelines, especially to those that apply to charging the device, and to follow some additional fire safety guidelines.
NFPA offers the following safety tips along with a safety tip sheet.
If you purchase a hover board:
Signs of a Problem: