Hoverboard-related injuries on the rise since Christmas

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

@Alana_Cerrone

Wipe out…after wipe out. It’s all part of the price you pay for this year’s most talked-about toy…the hoverboard.

People might be getting a laugh out of those hoverboard fails posted online, but it’s actually cause for concern.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating 21 fire incidents nationwide, even tweeting out this message: ‘Got a hoverboard for Christmas? Might want one of these’.

"I was surprised, I didn’t think I would get injured that badly,” says one boy who got hurt riding his hoverboard.

And that’s no joke.  Locally, hospitals have already seen hoverboard-related emergency department visits just since Christmas Eve.

At St. Luke’s Hospital, there were 2 visits over the weekend – one for an arm injury and one for a head injury.

Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital each saw 2 visits since Christmas, and Miriam saw one.

Across the country, the commission is looking into 70 reported injuries ranging from concussions to fractures and internal organ injuries.

So what do you do if you still want to use yours?

"If you want to be someone that takes care of themselves, get wristguards." The commission recommends you wear full skateboard gear like a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.

If you want to travel with your hoverboard, keep in that mind Delta, American, and United Airlines have all banned them from checked and carry- on luggage out of concern that the batteries can catch fire.

And if you happen to go to Salve Regina, hoverboards are banned in dorms and academic buildings on campus.

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