RC Product Safety Guide
Remote control products are loads of fun, but they are not toys!
They can travel at high speed on the ground, in the air and on water, and often use volatile battery or fuel power sources.
When using remote controlled products there is a risk of damage to the product or other property, or injury to persons or other living things. Particularly, in the event of a crash, which is inevitable to occur during operation at some point.
Remote control vehicles should be operated only by persons of a suitable age and skill level as recommended by the manufacturer; which is often 16+ years of age. We also recommend that:
- Operators have or acquire at least a basic understanding of the mechanics and power source of the product before using it.
- Children handling or using remote control products, even those above the minimum recommended age, should be supervised by an adult who has the appropriate skills and knowledge to properly use the product.
The owner of a remote control product is responsible for ensuring safe assembly, charging, use, maintenance and storage of their remote control products. So, it is important to use the product responsibly and only allow adequately knowledgeable and skilled people to operate the product.
To use your remote control product safely you should always:
- Read and follow the instructions to assemble, setup and use the product. Keep the instructions ready at hand for quick reference.
- Assemble, charge, use and store the product in a safe environment out of reach of children and animals.
- Inspect your remote control products and complete low speed or low flight tests before each use, including the first use, and after alterations. Also, clean your remote control products after each use. Doing so will help identify issues and ensure parts are functioning properly, and that components have not been damaged or worn-out during previous use, worked their way loose, or have become faulty. Discovering a loose component or malfunction at high speed or mid-air may cause serious damage or injury.
- Use quality batteries to power the transmitter and receiver. Ensure they are connected correctly and securely before each use. Replace them as soon as they show signs of going flat. Otherwise, you could end up with a runaway or flyaway vehicle at top speed that can’t be stopped until it runs out of fuel or crashes.
- Remote control products that use rechargeable batteries, such as Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries, require additional safety measures which are set out in our Lipo / Rechargeable Battery Safety Guide.
Failure to follow the product instructions or the above steps will generally void warranty and may cause: the product to become unsafe or weak; damage to the product; damage to other property or injury; reduced performance or durability of the product; and increase the potential to crash or lose control of the product.
V1: 16 October 2016 | Downloads: RC Product Safety Guide