Wednesday, 18 November 2009

CAA battery fire warning

Think twice before ordering or posting lithium batteries and battery-powered devices if they're going top arrive by air. The Civil Aviation Authority says lithium batteries, such as those installed in lap tops or video cameras, rarely pose a safety problem. But there is a danger of fire if they are posted loose or the equipment is inadvertently activated. The CAA has found a growing trend in the transportation of inappropriately packed batteries, partly because of the growth on on line auction sites, which have caused a number of fires. It is also concerned that large numbers of counterfeit batteries, without the necessary inbuilt safety features, are in circulation. The Authority's warning came as part of its pre-Christmas advice which included reminders that matches and lights must not be left in hold baggage and toy gun caps are banned on flights.

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