New Warning: AED Fires


Kent Faith

January 19, 2016

Last week’s fire event involving a lithium primary battery from an AED (Aircraft Evaluation Division) made it clear to me that I needed to make sure that operators are aware of the multitude of threats with lithium batteries on aircraft.

A different kind of threat than the rechargeable battery is the “lithium primary” battery used in watches, toys, cameras and other electronics including AED’s. The only agent that can extinguish these fires is a Class D agent. Water or a passenger beverage can make this fire hotter and more explosive.

Our agent Firebane, introduced in the LIFE Kit is the only aqueous-based agent accepted by the FAA in AC 120-80A that is also a Class D agent. It can extinguish a reactive metal fire.

The worst case scenario is a fire from a lithium primary battery. Be prepared for that fire and those of lithium-ion batteries.

If you are not protected by the LIFE Kit please give me a call today.