According to an article from USA Today Network, Sherrice Lyles, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, had heard the warnings about hoverboards–the self-balancing scooters–but when a nonprofit where her son volunteers gave him one of the boards last summer, she thought it had passed inspection.
The hoverboard caught fire this week as it charged in her son's bedroom. It nearly burned down the family's house. "My son's was plugged in for only about 10 minutes," said Lyles.
A smoke alarm alerted Lyles to the fire. No one was injured in the fire. The family lost clothing and furniture.
"I just want people to be aware that none of them are good," she said. "You never know if you have a good one or a bad one." Since the first wave of their popularity a few years ago, dozens of reports have surfaced of the hoverboards catching fire.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of hundreds of thousands of the scooters. Since then, more hoverboards have combusted. NFPA’s Hoverboard Safety tip sheet offers precautions and a list of signs to look for indicating that a hoverboard could be a problem.