Policies & Procedures

Batteries and battery-powered devices are safe to travel with if you follow these simple guidelines from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • If possible, keep spare batteries in the original retail packaging to prevent unintentional activation or short-circuiting.
  • If an on/off switch is present, be sure the switch is in the OFF POSITION. DO NOT TRANSPORT A BATTERY WHILE ACTIVATED.
  • For loose batteries, place a strip of insulated tape across the battery's contacts or place each battery in its own protective case, plastic bag or package to protect them from contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry. CONTACT WITH METAL OBJECTS CAN SHORT-CIRCUIT THE BATTERY LEADING TO HIGH HEAT, LEAKAGE OR RUPTURE, RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
  • Take steps to prevent crushing, puncturing or putting a high degree of pressure on the battery, as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.
  • DON’T store batteries or battery-powered devices in hot places — elevated temperatures can lead to capacity loss, leakage or rupture.
  • DON’T mix old and new batteries, or mix different types or makes of batteries. This can cause leakage or rupture, resulting in personal injury or property damage.
  • DON’T give batteries to young children.

For the latest in battery and battery-powered device transportation, please visit http://safetravel.dot.gov/.

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