PSA: Hoverboard Safety Tips

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Hoverboards are sold by many companies and manufactures. It’s hard to know which ones are safe. The Orland Fire Protection District advises users to avoid the use of hoverboards all together until the boards are better regulated but, if you’re going to purchase or ride one, here are a few safety tips to help you and your family.

Hoverboard Safety Tips

  • If an incident does occur, it may be incorrect to use a fire extinguisher due to the nature of battery chemical fires. Instead, leave the area and call 911.
  • Avoid buying any hoverboard under $300 because they are likely to have lower quality motors and batteries.
  • Don’t charge hoverboards in the home but instead in an open area away from combustible materials.
  • Do not overcharge the board. Follow the manufacturer’s recommend charging times.
  • To buy or purchase a quality hoverboard, go directly through the manufacturer’s website.
  • Purchase hoverboards with legitimate warranties (warranties that cover 1 year or more through the manufacture).

Hospitals across the country are reporting spikes in children and adults being admitted after suffering serious falls. Gear up before riding to avoid injury. Put on a skateboard helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards.

For a list of hoverboards currently being investigated for recalls, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Click to read a statement from U.S. CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye on the Safety of Hoverboards and the Status of the Investigation.

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