"They’re exploding fires" | Fire Chief Enterline talks additional hoverboard recalls
After the same hoverboard sparked two fires this year in Central Pennsylvania, Jennifer Morris says she won’t be buying one.
“It’s just not something that we wanted to take the chance on,” she said.
The same rings true for Harrisburg resident Alexis Soto.
“I would throw it away if I saw that, if I had one I would’ve gotten rid of it,” she said.
Tuesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued more recalls for hoverboards, stating batteries can overheat and spark fires.
That was the cause of a deadly fire in Harrisburg in March where two young girls were killed.
The same hoverboard was to blame for a fire that reduced a home to rubble in Manchester Borough, York County.
“These battery packs literally explode, they’re exploding fires,” Chief Brian Enterline with Harrisburg Bureau of Fire said.
With different stores advertising hoverboards in their Black Friday circulars, Chief Enterline says to be cautious before picking one up.
He says the number one thing to look for is a UL 2272 listing, a sign that it has been tested by Underwriter’s Laboratories.
“They’re not testing the battery and giving the battery listing and then testing the board and giving the board a listing. It is actually tested together and that’s where the breakdown of these hover boards come in. The batteries and the boards and the electronics, between the two of them, haven’t been matched up and have been perfect and that’s why we see these fires,” Chief Enterline said.
If you can’t find the listing on the product’s box, or the store’s website, you can easily check by going on UL’s website and typing the brand into their directory. If its certified, the model will be listed.
But if it’s not, Chief Enterline has one question for you:
“If you’re going to allow that unlisted, non-tested, non-compliant hoverboard in your house, are you willing to go to the funeral of one of your loved ones? Because that’s what we dealt with here in Harrisburg and I certainly don’t want it to happen anywhere else.”
The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire says if you’d like to get rid of your hoverboard, you can drop it off at their station & they will dispose of it safely for you.