ATU bans use of hoverboards

Reports of numerous fires involving self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as hoverboards, has prompted the recent ban of these devices on the Arkansas Tech University campus.

In an effort to keep student safety a number one priority, the use and possession of hoverboards on campus is prohibited. In order to be in full compliance with fire protection and prevention initiatives, storage of hoverboards/self-balancing scooters are prohibited within campus housing.

The university has decided to be proactive by prohibiting these devices on campus before any students are injured. “I am not aware of any hoverboard-related incidents. The ban is more related to the fire risk and injury risk that has been demonstrated elsewhere,” said Sam Strasner, director of University Relations.

All students in possession of these devices in an on campus facility are required to remove them immediately. All individuals who own them are also encouraged to read the safety guidelines provided by National Fire Protection Association.

Hoverboards have become increasingly popular this year among children and young adults. Malfunctions in the devices though are proving them to be dangerous, authorities have said.

Hoverboards have recently been involved in a number of fires across the U.S. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating more than 40 hoverboard-related fires in 19 states. They are also continuing to investigate emergency room visits related to hoverboard operation.

The federal investigation regarding the safety of hoverboards is still ongoing. Arkansas Tech will continue to monitor the investigation. The university will continue to update the self-balancing scooter/hoverboard policy accordingly

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