National Association of State Fire Marshals Issues Warning has issued the Following:
Baton Rouge, LA – One of the most sought-after gifts this holiday season is experiencing an increase in scrutiny due to incidents where the items, self-balancing,motorized scooters, commonly referred to as “hoverboards,” have burst into flames.
believe While the fires have occurred in a number of other countries, in November a Lafitte, Louisiana residence was badly damaged by a fire to have started when the scooter ignited while being recharged.
Likewise, last Friday, an Alabama man’s scooter quickly erupted into flames as he rode on a sidewalk. Video footage of the incident clearly shows projectiles blasting from the scooter as it burned profusely. The projectiles appeared to be components of the device’s battery pack.
In response to growing reports concerning the fires, the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has issued an advisory to encourage consumers to research whether the scooters are in compliance with applicable and accepted inspection standards before making a purchase.
“Unfortunately, the fire that occurred in Lafitte involving a hoverboard is not a unique occurrence,” said State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, Jr., who serves as president of the NASFM Board of Directors. “The sheer number of incidents occurring around the country, and abroad, is what prompted our organization to address this serious issue on a national level,” added Browning.
When determining whether a scooter meets safety standards, buyers should look for indications of acceptance by recognized testing organizations, the information of which may appear on the item’s
packaging. Consumers should also consider purchasing the items from reputable online and local stores that offer warranties.
Among other safety measures to consider, owners should also take care when charging the scooters, ensuring that they are not overcharged or left unattended while charging. Precautions, such as following the manufacturer’s instructions when charging, and avoiding the use of improper or imitation chargers, should also be a priority.
For more information on NASFM, visit the organization’s website at www.firemarshals.org.