NFIRSGram: How to code a hoverboard fire

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This NFIRSGram explains how to code a fire involving a hoverboard in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

Recent reports of fires involving battery-motorized hoverboards have raised questions of how to code these types of fires in NFIRS. Basic NFIRS rules apply.

What is a hoverboard?

A hoverboard is a self-balancing, motorized, wheeled scooter similar to a miniature Segway that can be used for personal transportation or used as a toy. This NFIRSGram focuses on battery-motorized hoverboard fires.

The battery-motorized device is a mobile property vehicle. The incident type code that fits best for this device when it is the cause of a fire is 130 – mobile property fire, other. Whenever a code for “other” is used, an explanation should always be included in the Remarks section on the incident report.

Where did the fire occur?

What other modules must be completed?

What are the ignition factors?

Recent hoverboard fires were linked to the battery. If so, Heat Source, Item First Ignited, and Factors Contributing to Ignition would be linked to the battery:

Which do I document: Equipment Involved in Ignition or Mobile Property Involved?

For any mobile property fire, NFIRS allows completion of either the Equipment Involved in Ignition section or Mobile Property Involved section — but not both sections; however, the Remarks section is used to document information that was not captured elsewhere on the report.

What other codes are used on the Basic and Fire modules?

The codes vary based on the incident. The goal is an accurate, complete and detailed incident report.

What else is important to include in the report?

It is extremely important to include a good narrative. The Remarks section of the report should include a detailed narrative of the incident that includes the term “hoverboard” to help in the identification and investigation of hoverboard fires.

Need more help coding a hoverboard fire? Please contact the NFIRS Support Center: Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET, at 888-382-3827 or by email at fema-nfirshelp@fema.dhs.gov.