Buying a 'hoverboard?' Fire Dept. has advice

Posted at 1:53 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 15:53:46-05

Are you buying a "hoverboard" during the holidays? One of those self-balancing scooters?

With some boards linked to fires, the Greeley Fire Department has advice for buyers:

  • Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
  • An adult should be responsible for charging the hover board.
  • Do not leave a charging hover board unattended.
  • Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the hover board.
  • Stop using your hover board if it overheats.
  • Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer directions.

The Greeley Fire Department said some hoverboard fires have involved the Lithium-Ion battery.

Firefighters said signs of a potential problem are leaking fluids, excessive heat, odor, sparking and smoke.


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