Watch Out! Hoverboards Could Explode

Have you heard about one of the most popular toys on the market this Christmas? Watch out! Hoverboards may not be a safe option for your child. A couple of weeks ago, I heard a podcast where the host shared her research findings regarding who actually invented hoverboards. It turns out, the toy have burst on the scene, but not inventor has really confessed are been attributing to making this device. What’s even more concerning are reports that indicate that there may be a problem with some hoverboards that could cause them to explode and catch on fire.

I recently saw this story on WJLA about a young boy whose hoverboard caught on fire while charging:

What’s even more shocking is this doesn’t appear to be an isolated glitch. When I googled: Hoverboads and fire 2,440,000 results appeared. Several airports have even banned them. 

The three largest U.S. airlines are banning hoverboards because of the potential fire danger from the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices. 

Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines said Thursday they are banning hoverboards in checked or carry-on luggage. JetBlue Airways has already prohibited them. (Source)

Hoverboards and fire what you need to knowThe fires are being caused by the lithium-ion batteries. These are the same batteries that have caused some cell-phone fires as well. This holiday, I am encouraging safety-first. I really like the hoverboard buying tips given by Montgomery County Fire Department:

  1. “Only charge one if you’re at home.” Basically, don’t leave the unit plugged into an outlet without being supervised.
  2. “Only buy if certified by a recognized testing lab.” An official lab needs to test each board to make sure that it is safe for consumers.
  3. “Only buy if logo is printed on it.” Shop at your own risk and research which brand names are more respected.

The potential dangers are not limited to hoverboards. Remember these batteries can over heat and are known to explode. 

ABC‘s Good Morning America recommends:

  1. Keep lose batteries away from excessive heat.
  2. Keep lose batteries away from liquids and metal objects.
  3. Keep lose batteries away from coins and keys.
  4. Keep lose batteries away from jewelry.
  5. Don’t drop your device. 


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