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Hover board fire

The rash of recent fires sparked from hover boards in the U.S. reminded me of the importance of being vigilant with checking products for the stamp of an independent testing laboratory.  As international markets have become stunningly efficient at taking blue prints to retail shelves in record time, U.S. shoppers have grown accustomed to easy on-line access to knock-off products that can be offered at an attractive lower price point, however many of these products are lesser quality and not built to the same safety standards as in the U.S.  This is exactly the case with the thousands, if not millions, of trendy hoverboards that have been purchased this year for the holidays.  Reports of hoverboards bursting into flames have caused numerous fires, including devastating home fires in Louisiana and Alabama. 

I spoke with Ken Willette, Division Manager for Public Fire Protection at NFPA, on the Christal Frost radio show about the dangers of these hoverboards.  Ken pointed out the specific risks associated with inferior lithium ion batteries and internal components.  And just as the huge on-line retailer Amazon has recently demanded, Ken urged consumers to take care to look for that seal from an independent testing laboratory when purchasing a hoverboard from any site.  And for those consumers who have already purchased a product, we covered the NFPA safety tips to help prevent future fires and injuries that may lurk with some of these hoverboard devices.

Whether it’s a hoverboard or any electronic or electric product, it pays to utilize the expertise of an independent testing laboratory to help navigate the complexities across the supply chain from compliance to regulatory issues.  While the holidays may be the season of peace, it’s always the season for peace of mind.

 

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“The holidays are a festive and wonderful time of year where we come together to celebrate,” Groveland Fire Chief Robert Lay is quoted as saying in the Georgetown Record . “This means using properly rated electrical wires and outlets and using best safety practices when putting together annual big holiday meals.”


Firefighters responded after a passing motorist noticed a fire burning in the bushes of a home. The passerby ran up to the house and unplugged the Christmas decorations, and the fire was quickly put out with no damage to the home.


 

NFPA’s Project Holiday offers a wealth of safety information to ensure that the holiday season is a safe one, including the Winter Holiday safety tips sheet and the Christmas Tree tips sheet.


 

Smoke Alarm Central is a complete source for smoke alarm information.


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