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Hoverboard blamed for starting fire in Medford home

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(Photos: Medford Fire-Rescue) (Photos: Medford Fire-Rescue)

Medford Fire-Rescue responded to a house fire at the 1700 block of Easy Street.

Fire investigators determined that a 20-year-old was in his room with his hoverboard charging, when he heard a beep, which he thought meant it was fully charged. As he began to unplug it, the hoverboard began whistling and smoking. The battery pack then exploded and spread fire.

The family was able to extinguish the fire in the bedroom and take the hoverboard outside. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident.

According to Medford Fire-Rescue, The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating multiple hoverboard fire incidents and they were also notified about this incident.

Here are some tips to think of if you are interested in buying a hoverboard:

  • Avoid buying the product at a location (like a mall kiosk) or on a website that does not have information about who is selling the product and how they can be contacted if there is a problem. If you do not think you could find the seller again, were a problem to arise with your board, that should be a warning to you not to do business with them.
  • Do not charge a hoverboard overnight or when you are not able to observe the board.
  • Charge and store in an open dry area away from combustibles (meaning items that can catch fire).
  • Do not charge directly after riding. Let the device cool for an hour before charging.
  • If giving a hoverboard to someone for the holidays, leave it in its partially charged state. Do not take it out of the package to bring it to a full charge and then wrap it back up. Often, the product comes partially charged. Leave it in that state until it is ready to be used.
  • Look for the mark of a certified national testing laboratory. While this does not rule out counterfeits, the absence of such a mark means your safety is likely not a priority for that manufacturer.
  • Do not ride near vehicular traffic.
  • It is important to wear safety gear when using a hoverboard. We recommend the same safety gear that you would wear when riding a skateboard -- a skateboard helmet, and knee and elbow pads and wrist guards for protection from falls. 

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