Are Hoverboards Safe for Kids?
Hoverboard is the latest craze among the kids and the teenagers. Since 2015 it has been found that the best birthday gift that most children ask for is a hoverboard. The question is what is this hoverboard that has made kids go crazy over it?
In technical terms they are nothing but ‘self-balancing scooters,’ and it’s true that they are much fun than using a skateboard. A hoverboard look and works almost like a Segway, the difference is that it does not have the handlebar. When you lean forward it will move forward and in order to reverse or brake it you need to lean back. Just step on it and the two pressure sensitive footpad will let you steer with your leg, you can even control the speed. As it is without any handle, at the beginning it may seem tricky to handle it.
Still, most children are using it and the demand for hoverboard are increasing showing that more and more kid wants to have one in their possession. The question now arises is that are hoverboards safe for kids?
Is it safe to use hoverboard?
After its launch there were many incidents that showed that hoverboards may not be a good choice for your kid. There were ones that caught fire, many kids had fallen off the hoverboard as they could not manage their balance and so on. Still, the demand for hoverboard is increasing showing that they are popular. What makes it so popular?
At the beginning it may be tough to manage riding a hoverboard but gradually as you master it one really enjoys the seamless ride. You need not exert any manual motion for it to start. Moreover, you can use it and move faster than walking. Still, the question remains the same if they are safe enough.
Safety concerns to look after
The first concern about hoverboard was that they exploded. This was mainly because of the lithium ion batteries that provided power to the hoverboard. After such incident in 2015 action has been taken and it is ensured that the batteries are well checked and verified before they are used in hoverboard.
Although this problem seems to be solved there are other issues that make parent worried that are hoverboards safe for kids? Let’s point them out one by one.
- There is fear of falling off and hurting. Now this is true for any moving object and thus when a kid is riding a hoverboard they should be careful about the speed. The highest speed for riding a hoverboard is around 10mph and if it is not controlled properly one may hurt themselves. Thus, it is best if you give your kids proper gears for safety while they ride a hoverboard.
- There are certain weight limitation for suing a hoverboard. Different manufacturer have set a minimum and maximum weight for using the hoverboard. Thus, in order to ensure safety of your kid you need to check out the weight limitations.
- Most board will face difficulty while going up or down hill. Thus, it is best that these boards are used in flat lands.
Nothing is totally safe when it comes to kid’s use, it is true for hoverboard also. When you give a board to your kid make sure you look after the safety of your child too. When starting out they might fall a few times but give or take 3days later they are in perfect control. The reason why they are called self-balancing scooters is cause they will automatically balance your kids with ease. So get your kids a scooter from Asiwo today.