Hoverboard Hazards

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: February 12, 2016

Hoverboard Hazards

Hoverboards have come up in a post before with us and it wasn’t exactly a highlighting feature of them…

In  fact, it was about more injury inducing accidents that the hoverboard was creating for the holiday season alone when the space like machine spiked in their sales.

And it seems the hoverboard is NOT making any progress in  safety for its owners as one particular board in Nashville, Tennessee started a fire that cost this Nashville family their $1 million dollar home and nearly their lives.

The Fox family is begging others to heed their costly loss, which authorities are saying was caused by a popular 2015 Christmas present (what did we tell ya?!)

At 11:40 a.m. on Jan. 9, two teenagers — a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl — hid upstairs in a home in Nashville after hearing noises downstairs, Nashville Fire Department spokesman Brian Haas said Tuesday.

What the teens did not know was a hoverboard had burst into flames on the first floor of the house, Haas said.

To escape the home that was filling with smoke, the teenage girl kicked out a second-floor window and leaped into her father’s arms. The father, Brian Fox, then helped the teenage boy out a second-story window with a ladder, Haas said. Both teens suffered minor injuries in the process.

“We are fortunate that there were only minor injuries in what was an extremely dangerous fire,” said Nashville Fire Chief Rick White. “We hope Nashvillians use extreme caution before purchasing or using these hoverboards.”

The Fox family spoke to reporters in the home of a friend Tuesday, saying they could not believe “a toy” had destroyed their home.

Brian Fox said that they wanted to get the word out and let other families know the dangers of something that at first seemed so innocent.

Fox recounted discovering that the flames inside the house were too high for him to reach the children upstairs, and hearing them break through the second-story windows to get out.

“It was the hardest thing that I’ve been through,” he said. “When I got there, I was kicking in the doors, and I thought, ‘I’m going to lose two of my four children today.’

Fox said he heard his 16-year-old daughter breaking through her bathroom window. He then begged her to jump into his arms.

He said his 14-year-old son had tried to come downstairs and escape but burned his hand on a doorknob and was forced to break his bedroom window with a stepladder to escape.

The blaze destroyed the 4,000-plus-square-foot home, Haas said.

Fire department investigators determined the fire was caused by a FITURBO F1 hoverboard.

A subsequent investigation revealed friends of the family had experienced a small fire when their “FITURBO F1” hoverboard caught fire in its battery compartment.

“If you own a hoverboard, do not leave it unattended while charging,” State Fire Marshal Gary West said. “Do not leave it plugged into an outlet overnight.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating dozens of fires across the United States thought to be caused by hoverboards, state fire officials said.

Thanks AZCentral for the Original Story and quotes!

Doug Zanes
Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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