Proper handling and safety procedures are important when it comes to car batteries.

Use proper handling and safety procedures when it comes to car batteries.

Lead-acid batteries contain hydrogen-oxygen gases that can be explosive, and sulfuric acid that can cause severe burns. To help avoid danger and injury, observe these precautions when handling or working with a lead-acid battery.

Follow these Car Battery Safety Guidelines:

  • Consult your vehicle and battery owner’s manuals for instructions and safety precautions.
  • Wear approved safety glasses or goggles and/or a face shield.
  • Wear proper clothing to protect your face, hands, and body.
  • Make sure work area is well-ventilated.
  • Never lean over the battery while boosting, testing, or charging.
  • Keep away from cigarettes, flames, sparks, and other ignition sources – they could cause the battery to catch fire or even explode.
  • Do not charge or use booster cables or adjust post connections without proper instructions and training.
  • Exercise caution when working with metallic tools or conductors to prevent short circuits and sparks.
  • Keep vent caps tight.
  • Should you have direct contact with the battery fluids, flush the area with water and call a physician immediately.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.