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.