ETSU bans hoverboards due to safety concerns raised by CPSC

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University sent a memo to students Wednesday alerting them to a temporary ban on hoverboards.

ETSU cited in the memo, the recent fire safety concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Fire Protection Association.

Recently, exploding hoverboards have already been blamed for two house fires in Nashville and a house fire in Kingsport.

The following is a memo sent to students from ETSU officials:

Due to fire safety concerns that have been raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) associated with hover boards and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ETSU has decided to institute a temporary ban on these devices.

(Source: CPSC)
(Source: CPSC)

Effective March 7, 2016, and until further notice, hover boards will not be allowed in any university residence hall or apartment, and cannot be stored inside or left unattended in any ETSU facility.

Due to pedestrian safety concerns, no hover boards or other mobility devices are allowed to be used inside any ETSU facilities, other than mobility devices in the regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CPSC and NFPA investigators are actively investigating hover board-related fires across the country, and as soon as more information is made available on the safe use and storage of these devices, ETSU will respond accordingly.

 

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