Lithium Batteries are very common, they are in our mobile telephone, laptop computers, iPods etc. They are shipped around the World in large quantities, often by airfreight.
Unfortunately they have a problem, on rare occasions, they can catch fire.
All aircraft crew members and personnel accepting freight or baggage should be aware of the dangers of potential Lithium Battery fires and should know how to fight them in the rare occasions that they do catch fire. Lithium Battery fires are unique in the method of fighting them and the techniques used.
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There are three versions of this course (all open a new browser window). All three versions cover what Lithium Fires are, where the batteries are found, precautions to be taken and why they catch fire, the courses are:
Crew version where we look at procedures for handling a fire on-board the aircraft LAUNCH CREW VERSION of COURSE
Non Crew version where we concentrate on fighting a fire with the extinguishers available LAUNCH NON-CREW VERSION of COURSE
A version for Members of the Public, which concentrates on the everyday use of the batteries and the extinguishers available LAUNCH COURSE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
We have listed some resources and links so that you may research this subject further, click on 'Download' to download a file or, 'Launch' to go to a link.ICAO
ICAO - Transport of Lithium Batteries as Cargo by Air (EB 2015/48 15th September 2015)
ICAO guidance can be downloaded from (pdf 125kb) - Download
EASA Safety Information Bulletin (SIB No. 2015-19 5th October 2015)
EASA guidance can be downloaded from (pdf 842kb) - Download
Airbus In-Service Information (ISI 00.00.00182 24 July 2015)
Airbus guidance on the carriage can be downloaded (pdf 125kb) - From Here
Boeing Multi Operator Message (MOM-MOM-15-0469-01B 17 July 2015)
Boeing guidance for operators can be downloaded (pdf 11kb) - From Here
FAA Battery Incident Chart
This chart lists incidents involving batteries (pdf 226 Kb) - Download
Lithium Battery Test Presentation
This presentation looks at Lithium Batteries in Cargo containers (pdf 401 Kb) - Download
This SAFO looks at the carriage of Lithium Batteries (pdf) - Download
This FAA SAFO looks at Fighting Lithium Battery Fires in PEDs (pdf 21 Kb) - Download
Additional FAA information on Lithium Battery Fires (pdf 24 Kb) - Download
11th February 2016
FAA & NTSB publish guidance on the carriage of Lithium Batteries
In separate announcements, the United States FAA & NTSB have issued reinforced warnings about the dangers of transporting Lithium-ion and Lithium-metal batteries in passenger and freight aircraft.
The FAA Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) can be downloaded by clicking on SAFO16001 (opens new window)
The NTSB Safety Recommendation can be viewed from the NTSB Safety Recommendation (opens new window)
2nd November 2015
United States DOT bans e-cigarettes in checked luggage
The United States DOT announces today announces that airline passengers and crew members will no longer be able to pack battery powered portable smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes and personal vaporizers in checked luggage. The reason behind the ban is that they have been known to catch fire during transport. A US Fire Administration report lists more than two dozen e-cigarette related explosions and fires that have taken place since 2009, some of which have been in e-cigarettes that were in checked luggage.
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Lithium Battery Fires