Another way of handling things is to forego the use of Lithium cells, except when you really need them. Some companies are now starting understand the risks/dangers.
(A comment by Wayne Johnson, owner and President of Elektro Lumens)
"There have been some explosions of flashlights, a serious fire in a warehouse, of flashlights with Lithium CR123 batteries. I was told by a person ordering from me, that one of their security guards had one explode on his person and was injured. Another security officer took his flashlight home, and his children were playing with it. When They were done playing with it, they set it down on the table, and shortly thereafter, it exploded. Lithium batteries can be very dangerous and can cause a serious explosion. This is one of the reasons I'm glad I decided to forego using them, preferring to use the AA size battery instead. I'm getting a lot of security companies buying them in quantity from me, as some of them are not allowed to use Lithium batteries any longer."
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Research and Special Programs Administration
[Docket No. RSPA-00-7283; Notice No. 00-10]
Advisory Notice; Transportation of Lithium Batteries
AGENCY: Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), DOT.
ACTION: Advisory notice.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John Gale or Eric Nelson, Office of
Hazardous Materials Standards, RSPA
Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20590-0001
Telephone (202) 366-8553.
"We recommend that offerors and transporters take precautions in the transportation of lithium batteries that are presently excepted from regulation as a hazardous material under 49 CFR 173.185 of the HMR (49 CFR parts 171-180) and Special Provision A45 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (Technical Instructions). On April 28, 1999, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a shipment of two pallets of primary lithium batteries caught fire and burned after being off-loaded from a Northwest Airlines flight from Osaka, Japan. While the pallets were being handled by cargo handling personnel, the packages were damaged. This is believed to have initiated the subsequent fire. The fire was initially fought by Northwest employees with portable fire extinguishers and a fire hose. Each time the fire appeared to be
extinguished, it flared up again."
The public document is found here, and has lots of great info in it: