Add Babson College to the list of higher education institutions not allowing hoverboards on campus due to safety concerns.
Following word that Wellesley College and other area colleges and universities were banning or restricting use of hoverboards, those self-balancing two-wheeled scooters that have made headlines for sometimes going up in flames, we asked around to see if other Wellesley schools were taking actions.
Wellesley Public Schools and Dana Hall say the gadgets haven’t been an issue. But Babson shared the following statement with us this week:
Due to multiple safety concerns including fire safety and potential injury, Babson College will prohibit the use, possession or storage on campus of self-balancing scooters, commercially known as hoverboards. This restriction is due to recent concerns by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the potential impact these devices may have on campus safety.
Hoverboards include, but are not limited to, self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free segways. If you own one, please make sure that the device is not brought to campus when returning from winter break. Several safety and consumer agencies are investigating numerous fires and injuries related to these devices. Effective immediately, hoverboards are not be allowed on campus or to be stored anywhere on campus.