GW bans ‘hoverboards’ from campus

The University is adding self-balancing scooters, known as hoverboards, to its list of banned objects, according to a GW email update sent to students Tuesday.

The new banned items include battery-operated scooters, hands-free segways and self-balancing scooters, according to the email. The updated ban will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

“If you own one, please make sure that the device is not brought to campus when returning from winter break,” the email reads.

The University cited concerns that hoverboards could present a fire hazard and added that safety and consumer organizations are investigating the boards for defects after multiple reports of fires caused by items. The email refers to a statement released from the Consumer Product Safety Commission last week, which warned of spontaneous fires caused by the hoverboards and the dangers of falling from the scooters.

Salve Regina University banned hoverboards last week, and multiple airlines including Delta, American and JetBlue announced bans earlier this month, citing concerns about the hoverboard’s lithium batteries.

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