Midnight In The Desert — safety

The US government recommends hoverboard users keep a fire extinguisher nearby

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The US government recommends hoverboard users keep a fire extinguisher nearby

The US government has issued its lengthiest statement yet on the hoverboard, the popular Christmas gift that made headlines after a wave after wave of them suddenly caught fire. The verdict—be very, very careful. Elliot Kaye, chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, wrote a long report that has been published on the agency website. In it, he notes that the agency will “continue to work diligently to find the root cause of the hoverboard fires that have occurred throughout the country.” He also recommended consumers that choose to ride hoverboards take the following measures: Have a working fire...

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Look Out Below: Why bolts on London’s Cheesegrater tower are dropping to the ground?

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Look Out Below: Why bolts on London’s Cheesegrater tower are dropping to the ground?

The news that a third bolt has fallen from the new Leadenhall Building (popularly known as ‘The Cheesegrater’) in the City of London has caused consternation among those involved, coupled with a surge of interest what’s causing it. This latest incident follows the similar failure of two bolts in November last year, just four months after the building was completed. “It’s very difficult to do non-destructive testing for bolts that might have tiny cracks because the nature of a bolt is that it has many tiny cracks built into it” – Paul Lambert, technical director of Materials and Corrosion Engineering...

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