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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning over potential hover-board fire hazards

18/12/2015

Firefighters are warning people of the potential hazards associated with buying hover-boards as presents this Christmas amid concerns they could go up in flames.

"As with all non-complaint chargers, there is a strong risk that a surge of power could occur, leading the battery to explode and causing a serious risk of fire. If you do have a hover-board, do not leave the room when it is on charge as the consequences could be potentially life-threatening if something goes wrong."

Staffordshire Fire Investigation Officer Paul Shaw

The Service has issued the advice after Trading Standards seized 15,000 unsafe devices that had been purchased in the UK.

An investigation found that many of the confiscated hover-boards had faulty cables, chargers or plugs that could catch fire or explode.

Many large retailers have now stopped selling the devices and are urging people to dispose of self-balancing scooters with non-compliant UK plugs at a recycling centre.

Staffordshire Fire Investigation Officer Paul Shaw said: "First and foremost, we would advise people not to purchase a hover-board until thorough investigations have been carried out by Trading Standards. There have been a number of shocking incidents where the devices have literally exploded, in some cases when someone has actually been on the hover-board.

"As with all non-complaint chargers, there is a strong risk that a surge of power could occur, leading the battery to explode and causing a serious risk of fire. If you do have a hover-board, do not leave the room when it is on charge as the consequences could be potentially life-threatening if something goes wrong."