Security Official Warns Hoverboard Customers to Have Hearth Extinguisher Useful
Hoverboards might have been certainly one of this vacation season’s should-have presents, however they’ve additionally been dogged by security and high quality considerations. Now, a federal security official has gone as far as to advocate preserving a fireplace extinguisher round if you experience.
A lot of the 2-wheeled electrical scooters have burst into flame whereas charging or throughout use, suggesting shoddy development, low-high quality batteries and different issues. Even sellers of hoverboards warn towards knock-offs that use backside-shelf elements.
"There are not any security requirements for these self-balancing merchandise. That’s unacceptable," Shopper Product Security Fee Chairman Elliot Kaye stated in a press release Wednesday. "There are specific primary security applied sciences we anticipate these models to have that ought to forestall overheating and potential combustion.
"Past the hearth hazards, based mostly on the growing variety of critical accidents and emergency room visits related to these merchandise, we’re additionally increasing our investigation of the falls related to hoverboards," Kaye wrote.
A separate posting listed hoverboard producers and distributors that the security fee is actively investigating.
Kaye additionally complimented Web retailer Amazon for voluntarily taking motion. After pulling a number of manufacturers from its website, Amazon now gives refunds on hoverboards. Kaye urged different retailers to do the identical.
Within the meantime, he advised, house owners ought to put on helmets, hold the gadget away from flamable supplies, and "have a working hearth extinguisher close by."