Hover board — part toy, part transportation. These self-balancing scooters have quickly become the latest fad. However, many hover boards have been linked to fires. NFPA urges you to be fire safe when using these devices.

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Travel Notes

Many airlines have banned hover boards. If you plan to fly with a hover board, be sure to check with your air carrier.

When riding in a car, keep the hover board where you can see it in case it shows signs of a problem.

A person riding a hoverboard on a road, attracting the attention of the fire department.

If you purchased a Hoverboard

  • Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer directions. If you do not understand the directions, ask for help.
  • An adult should be responsible for charging the hover board.
  • Do not leave a charging hover board unattended.
  • Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the hover board.
  • Stop using your hover board if it overheats.
  • Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery.

Signs of a Problem

Some hover board fires have involved the Lithium-Ion battery or charger. Signs you could have a problem:

  • Leaking fluids – Excessive heat – Odor
  • Sparking
  • Smoke

If you notice any of these signs, stop using the device right away. Call 9-1-1. If safe to do so, move the hover board outside away from anything that can burn.

A man standing on a hoverboard in an office, providing service.
A firefighter riding a hoverboard on a street.

New to the market

Hover boards are fairly new to the mass market. Be on the lookout for updates from manufacturers and safety groups.