The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing a Safety Advisory to supply information to owners and operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) about incidents related to the use and possession of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e-cigarettes; e-cigars; e-hookahs; e-pipes; personal vaporizers; electronic nicotine delivery systems).
The use of battery powered electronic devices has resulted in incidents including severe injuries, explosions, and fires. Usually the explosions involved the expulsion of a burning battery case or any other component from the device, which afterwards ignited nearby combustible or flammable materials.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and The Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations did not clearly approach the potential safety risks posed by battery operated cigarettes. That is why carriers should be conscious about the risks related to these smoking devices, exercising good judgment and being careful with battery-powered electronic cigarettes when they have them in their possession; especially, when loading and unloading a truck transporting hazardous materials.
If you wish to have a copy of the complete article published by the FMCSA, just refer to 49 CFR 177.834 and 397.13.
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