- Have a working fire extinguisher nearby while charging or using these boards in and around your home.
- Charge in an open area away from combustible materials.
- Gear up before riding, which means putting on a skateboard helmet, elbow and knee pads and wrist guards.
- Do not use a hoverboard on or near a road.
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: