November 1, 2013 – Addison, Texas – Industrial Energy Products, Inc. (IEP) of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania has named Baker Aviation, a full service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, as its exclusive distributor of the HOT-STOP® 'L' Fire Containment Bag product line.
The HOT-STOP® 'L' Fire Containment Bag safely contains fires, explosions and smoke emissions from Lithium Ion powered devices as well as any combustible item aboard an aircraft, without the aid of a water supply. The product line consists of containment bags that hold laptop computers, flight deck tablets, defibrillators as well as cell phone containment bags that also shield incoming and outgoing cellular signals. The HOT-STOP® ‘L’ Fire Containment bag has been successfully tested twice in live fire evaluations at the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey and further independently fire tested by flight department end users.
“Baker Aviation has a broad exposure to the aviation industry from their FAA Part 145 maintenance repair and parts business to the FAA Part 135 charter, management services they provide, and this is where the market is,” stated Thomas Connolly, Jr., President of Industrial Energy Products, Inc. “The wealth of knowledge at the executive and management levels at Baker is exceptional and I look forward to working with them. I also anticipate that we will soon be bringing the HOT-STOP® ‘L’ fire containment technology to commercial aviation worldwide,” added Connolly.
Lithium Ion battery powered computers and electronic devices have been identified as in-flight fire hazards due to the potential battery malfunctions that can result in violent fires and explosions that are difficult to contain inside a business aircraft.
“This is an exceptional opportunity for us at Baker and we are enthusiastic to be representing such a well-respected and proven product line to the aviation industry,” stated Ray Goyco, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for Baker Aviation Maintenance. “We plan on continuing to expand on the success of the HOT-STOP® line of fire containment bags by educating the market on this proven safety product that should be a part of every operator’s SMS program. Simply stated, utilizing the HOT-STOP ‘L’ bag is a safe and easy way to control potentially dangerous fire incidents while in the air. Users will fly with confidence and without the fear of failing technology or the time consuming and unpredictable use of a water aid solution,” added Goyco.
The HOT-STOP® ‘L’ fire bag is the only product in this market to receive burn certifications. The distinctive fire containment bag is different from other products on the market and can be used to store a laptop, tablet, or smart phone when not in use, contain an overheating device, or contain one that is in full thermal runaway. The bags are made up of multiple durable fabrics with a felt inner core that has a 3,200ºF melting point which is sandwiched between two outer layers that have a 2,080ºF melting point and are proven to absorb the energy and fire while minimizing the escape of smoke, sparks and flames.
The HOT-STOP® line of fire containment bags can be customized to fit the operator’s need and is currently offered off the shelf in small for smart phones, medium for tablets, and large for laptops. Defibrillator device covers are also available to safely contain these lithium ion battery powered devices and the newly developed smart phone bags are available with an additional lining that shields out any cellular reception to discourage cockpit texting and phone use while the aircraft is in operation.