Murray State University is banning all hoverboards and similar equipment.
In a statement released Sunday night, MSU Spokesperson Adrienne King says, "Safety is a primary concern on the campus of Murray State University. Therefore, based upon recent fire incidents across the country, the warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and Murray State University safety standards, all hoverboards and similar devices are temporarily banned on campus, effective immediately.
This ban prohibits the use, possession, storage and charging in residence halls, college courts, all other campus buildings, campus grounds and regional campus locations. The ban will remain in effect until more information and better safety standards exist for all models of the equipment.
The CPSC has issued a strong warning about hoverboards after batteries within the devices were reported to burst into flames — especially while being charged — resulting in a metal fire that can burn with intense heat.
This ban represents a trend across the country. Numerous other campuses have also banned these devices."
The Department of Public Safety may be contacted with questions related to this ban. Public Safety is located at the corner of Chestnut and 16th Streets or can be reached by calling 270-809-2222.
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