Recent evidence demonstrates that some batteries and chargers in motorized self-balancing scooters, popularly called hoverboards, are dangerous and prone to explosion, creating a substantial safety and fire risk. The safety of our students and our entire campus community is important.
Effective immediately, the University of Washington Bothell is prohibiting the use, possession, or storage of Hoverboards in any of our campus buildings, in campus managed residential facilities, and UW Bothell leased properties.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission(USCPSC) is actively investigating hoverboard-related fires across the country and is working non-stop to understand the root cause and risks. This ban will remain in effect until the USCPSC notifies us that the risk of spontaneous fire has been eliminated and that appropriate safety standards for these devices have been developed and implemented.
If you have one of these devices, please remove it from campus.