Hoverboards Raise Potential Concerns: What You Need to Know About the Hot Holiday Gift

One family claims hoverboard caused their house fire.

— -- Hoverboards -- those futuristic-looking, electric powered hands-free skateboards are hot gifts this holiday season, but one family reported feeling the heat -- literally -- from their board.

Jessica Horne, the mother of a 12-year-old boy in Lafitte, Louisiana, said she saw flames shoot out of both ends of her son's hoverboard when charging its lithium battery with the charger that she said came with the hoverboard. Horne said she believes the board was responsible for setting her house on fire.

"Both wheels, it was like a firework. I saw sparks flying and before I could yell, 'The house is on the fire!' the middle part of the board that would go in between your feet -- it just went 'poof!'" she told ABC affiliate WGNO.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. However, it's not the first time that someone has alleged that a hoverboard is a potential a fire hazard. Last month, the London Fire Brigade in the United Kingdom issued a warning about charging dangers with hoverboards.

"Another hoverboard blaze this time in #Kent. We're warning about the charging dangers," the London Fire Brigade said in a tweet on Nov. 2.

While some of these reports may sound scary, a reputable retailer should be able to provide a clear instruction booklet on how to properly use and charge the hoverboard.

To stay safe, experts recommend wearing a helmet, wrist and knee guards. Balancing can be tricky -- beginners can also ask a friend or family member to help spot them as they get the hang of the hoverboard.