For a brief period of time, retailers were kept from selling hoverboards for safety reasons. There were reports, for example, that some scooters began catching fire. Fortunately for consumers, increased regulatory scrutiny has enabled more rigorous manufacturing process. Now, products hitting the U.S. stores have passed numerous quality and hoverboard safety evaluations.
It is important to remember there could still be hoverboards that pose risks to their riders. In this case, it is imperative that you know critical information. Particularly, those that enable consumers to determine which hoverboards are safe and which are not.
Hoverboard Safety Certification
The most important criterion that can guarantee user safety is the so-called UL 2272. It is a voluntary standard adopted by manufacturers. It specifically covers personal e-Mobility devices such as hoverboards. A 2272 label for a hoverboard means that it has passed the evaluation. Therefore, we recommend that you choose one with the UL 2272 label.
Overall, retailers cannot sell hoverboards if regulatory agencies have not approved them. This means that those being sold online and in physical stores in the US are already safe to use. But just to be sure, check for the UL 2272 label and it is quite easy to spot. It is often indicated in the packaging as a holographic certification label. The actual scooter itself should have the Enhanced Mark. The mark is at the bottom of the hoverboard.
Reminders For Hoverboard Use
The UL label also contains a matrix that outlines best practices for the users. It stressed the importance of wearing helmets when using a hoverboard. Users are also advised not to ride if they have no proper training. Finally, the matrix underscored how
Points to Remember:
- Make sure to read, understand and follow all instructions including warnings from the manufacturer.
- Should the battery start to balloon, considerably heat up, or smoke, please stop using it immediately.
- Always check on the battery’s status while charging and never leave it unattended
- Utilize only the original charger that’s meant for the product
- Never store the battery in an environment with extreme heat or cold
- Do NOT set the device near an area with combustible material when charging
- Do NOT take apart the battery or original charger the product came with