Family of five escapes electric skateboard fire - Yamba

Published: 09 Nov 2022 10:36am

A 12-year-old girl has suffered a serious case of smoke inhalation during a Lithium-ion battery fire at Yamba, on the state's north coast.

The child was woken around midnight by the crackling sound of her electric skateboard on fire as it charged in her bedroom within her family's Cameron Street home.

The girl and four members of her family safely made it out of the home as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews from Yamba, Maclean and Grafton arrived at the scene.

She was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Whilst extinguishing the fire, FRNSW crews discovered the home's smoke alarm was inoperative and missing a battery.

FRNSW urges the public to ensure their home's smoke alarms are maintained and in working order.

The electric skateboard was purchased as a Christmas gift last year.

Firefighters are warning Christmas shoppers to use caution this year when purchasing Lithium-ion-powered devices including micro-mobility vehicles, such as e-bikes, e-scooters and e-skateboards.

·      Don’t over-charge Lithium-ion batteries or allow them to over-heat
·      Always use compliant and approved charging stations/equipment
·      Avoid dropping, crushing, piercing or vibrating the power cells
·      Carefully and lawfully dispose of any battery that short-circuits, malfunctions and/or suffers a system fault/s
·      Be aware of defects or contamination introduced during manufacture

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:13pm

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Related safety topics

Battery and charging safety

It's important that we all understand the risks of lithium-ion batteries and be prepared if things go wrong.

Smoke alarms

It“s the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.

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Stations nearby

YAMBA Fire Station

14 River Street, Yamba NSW 2464

MACLEAN Fire Station

251 River Street, Maclean NSW 2463

EVANS HEAD Fire Station

76 Woodburn Street, Evans Head NSW 2473