BUKIT LANJAN: Travellers warned to be wary of the dangers of lithium ion battery-powered gadgets



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BUKIT LANJAN: Travellers warned to be wary of the dangers of lithium ion battery-powered gadgets

It’s that time of the the year. Christmas and the New Year are just days away.

This is the time when holidaymakers are in the mood to travel. And air traffic, or whatever traffic, will be “hell”.

“It’s also a time when we must take whatever safety precautions necessary to ensure that we return home safe from our holidays,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said holidaymakers and travellers should take The Star Online news report titled “Be careful of lithium ion batteries Europe warns Christmas air travellers” seriously.

“We must never take safety for granted. In fact, the warning should apply to all globally, not only air travellers and Europe,” he added.


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Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said much had been written and reported on the risks and dangers of lithium ion batteries.

“Malaysians are advised to use lithium ion battery-powered gadgets with caution. Adopt safety precautions when using anything that is powered by such batteries.

“Better safe than to be sorry … if you survive a lithium ion battery-related explosion,” he added.

Here’s The Star Online posting that serves as a reminder to all travellers this festive season:

"Be careful of lithium ion batteries Europe warns Christmas air travellers

TECH NEWS
Thursday, 21 Dec 2017
6:00 AM MYT
 

Lithium ion batteries, found in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and electronic cigarettes, are seen as a fire risk, and there are concerns that if a fire were to start in the hold of a plane, it could not easily be extinguished. — Reuters
BERLIN: European aviation safety authorities have urged airlines to remind passengers about how best to transport electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries over the busy Christmas travel period.

Lithium ion batteries, found in devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and electronic cigarettes, are seen as a fire risk, and there are concerns that if a fire were to start in the hold of a plane, it could not easily be extinguished.

"It is important that airlines inform their passengers that large personal electronic devices should be carried in the passenger cabin whenever possible," the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Many airlines in Europe already have their own procedures in place, such as telling passengers that laptops should not be carried in hold baggage.

EASA also said that if devices cannot be carried in the cabin, such as when passengers have to put carry-on bags in the hold due to a lack of space in the cabin, airlines should remember to ask passengers to remove any spare batteries or e-cigarettes.

Lithium ion batteries are also used to power so-called smart bags, suitcases which offer GPS tracking and can charge devices, weigh themselves or be locked remotely using mobile phones. — Reuters
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