Hoverboard Safety Tips - Central County Fire & Rescue

Hoverboard Safety Tips

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Hoverboards are hot right now, but are they really worth the hype?
In addition to the risk of fall-related injuries, these self-balancing two-wheeled boards can pose a major fire hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating at least 10 hoverboard-related fire incidents and has already begun testing on various hoverboard makes and models to determine those fires’ causes.
Because of these ongoing investigations, and because there are currently no safety standards to regulate the hoverboard industry, we strongly advise holding off on buying a hoverboard until more is done to mitigate the risks. However, here are few safety tips to keep in mind if you absolutely have to have this trendy toy.
  • Head and back injuries are the most common, especially among adults. We recommend wearing a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards to help prevent serious injury.
  • Don’t hover alone! Getting on and off a hoverboard can be tricky, especially for first-timers.
  • Be sure to purchase your hoverboard from a reputable hoverboard maker. There are no safety standards in place for hoverboards at this time, but this gives you a better chance of buying a product made with quality parts and, most important, a quality battery.

Most hoverboards’ fire issues appear to be lithium battery-related. Take special care when charging your hoverboard by:

  • Only using the original battery charger.
  • Charging your hoverboard in a spacious area — outside if possible and away from flammable items. Make sure you will be nearby and alert during the charging process.
  • Not overcharging your hoverboard. Most hoverboards take 2-4 hours to charge fully, and can overheat if left on too long.
  • Keeping a fire extinguisher handy — just in case! Make sure your fire extinguisher is appropriate for the type of battery your hoverboard uses.
  • If you see smoke or smell burning, stop using your hoverboard.
  • Use your hoverboard with caution. A drop, kick or sharp jolt can damage the separator sheets in its battery pack and cause a fire.

Hoverboards certainly look like fun, but until we know more and more established safety regulations, these toys may be better left as a technology of the future.