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ICAO updated guidance for aviation personnel on how to deal with lithium battery fires
23 July 2014
Lithium battery fire on a laptop (CAA)

Lithium battery fire on a laptop (CAA)

ICAO updated it’s guidance for aviation personnel on how to deal with lithium battery fires.

Following a number of fires in aircraft passenger cabins caused by lithium battery powered portable electronic devices, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) decided to update its “Emergency Response Guidance for Aircraft Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods” (ICAO Doc 9481 AN/928).
Guidance was included for cabin crew to assist in dealing with such incidents.
The ICAO guidance has also been revised to include separate checklists for incidents involving dangerous goods within the passenger cabin entitled “Fire Involving Dangerous Goods” and “Spillage or Leakage of Dangerous Goods”.

In collaboration with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.K. CAA produced a series of videos highlighting the hazards to flight safety resulting from the improper carriage of lithium batteries.
The videos explain the specific responsibilities of personnel concerning the safe carriage of lithium batteries and emergency response actions (where appropriate). There are three separate videos aimed at Flight and cabin crew; cargo and ramp personnel; and passenger handling personnel.

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