Fire safety warning issues for popular 'hover board' holiday gift

Fire safety warning issues for popular 'hover board' holiday gift

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:

·    Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.

·    Read and follow all manufacturer directions.  If you do not understand the directions, ask for help.

·    An adult should be responsible for charging the hover board.

·    Do not leave a charging hover board unattended. 

·    Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.

·    Only use the charging cord that came with the hover board.

·    Stop using your hover board if it overheats.

·    Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery. 

·     Be on the lookout for product updates from manufacturers and safety groups. 

·    Many airlines have banned hover boards. If you plan to fly with a hover board, be sure to check with your air carrier.

·    When riding in a car, keep the hover board where you can see it in case it shows signs of a problem.

Signs of a Problem:

Some hover board fires have involved the Lithium-Ion battery or charger. Signs you may have a problem:

·    Leaking fluids

·    Excessive heat

·    Odor

·    Sparking

·    Smoke

If you notice any of these signs, stop using the device right away and call 9-1-1.  If safe to do so, move the hover board outside away from anything that can burn.

If you have had a fire or injury involving a hover board, please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at

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