(a) A life-saving appliance, self-inflating or non-self-inflating, containing small quantities of hazardous materials that are required as part of the life-saving appliance must conform to the requirements of this section. Packagings must conform to the general packaging requirements of subpart B of this part but need not conform to the requirements of part 178 of this subchapter. The appliances must be packed, so that they cannot be accidentally activated and, except for life vests, the hazardous materials must be in inner packagings packed so as to prevent shifting within the outer packaging. The hazardous materials must be an integral part of the appliance and in quantities that do not exceed those appropriate for the actual appliance when in use.
(b) Life saving appliances may contain:
(1) Division 2.2 compressed gases, including oxygen. However, oxygen generators are not permitted;
(2) Signal devices (Class 1), which may include smoke and illumination signal flares;
(3) Electric storage batteries and lithium batteries (Life saving appliances containing lithium batteries must be transported in accordance with § 173.185, and Special Provisions 188, 189, A101, A103 and A104 as applicable.);
(4) First aid or repair kits conforming to the applicable material and quantity limitations of § 173.161 of this subchapter;
(5) Strike-anywhere matches;
(6) For self-inflating life saving appliances only, cartridges power device of Division 1.4S, for purposes of the self-inflating mechanism provided that the quantity of explosives per appliance does not exceed 3.2 g; or
(7) Limited quantities of other hazardous materials.
(c) Hazardous materials in life saving appliances must be packaged as follows:
(1) Division 2.2 compressed gases must be packaged in cylinders in accordance with the requirements of this subchapter;
(2) Signal devices (Class 1) must be in packagings that prevent them from being inadvertently activated;
(3) Strike-anywhere matches must be cushioned to prevent movement or friction in a metal or composition receptacle with a screw-type closure in a manner that prevents them from being inadvertently activated;
(4) Limited quantities of other hazardous materials must be packaged in accordance with the requirements of this subchapter; and
(5) For other than transportation by aircraft, life saving appliances containing no hazardous materials other than carbon dioxide cylinders with a capacity not exceeding 100 cm3 are not subject to the provisions of this subchapter provided they are overpacked in rigid outer packagings with a maximum gross mass of 40 kg.