Some hoverboards are unsafe and can be a fire hazard

Despite the initial popularity of the gadgets, a closer inspection of the futuristic devices made it clear that there were some very serious safety hazards associated with their use. Last month, the U.K.’s Trading Standards seized 15,000 unsafe hover boards after the London Fire Brigade reported three house fires within 10 days, all traced back to those trendy wheels.

Airlines have also banned bringing hover boards on aircraft, as there does not appear to be any way to ensure that they won’t, you know, suddenly explode midair.

If you own a hoverboard, there are a few things you should keep in mind to keep yourself safe. For one, never leave the device unattended while it’s charging (like overnight). Be sure to check the plug — if it’s clover-shaped, you may be in trouble. If you still want to purchase one of these guys online, do your research and ensure that you can contact the manufacturing company to vouch for its safety. And of course, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Updated: 2016-02-01 — 18:11:55