Safety Precautions When Working With Batteries
- Follow all instructions published by the battery manufacturer and the manufacturer of the equipment in which the battery is installed.
- Make sure the area around the battery is well ventilated. Battery enclosures should be designed to prevent the accumulation and concentration of hydrogen gas in “pockets” at the top of the compartment. Vent the battery compartment from the highest point. A sloped lid can also be used to direct the flow to the vent opening location.
- Never smoke or allow a spark or flame near the engine or batteries.
- Use caution to reduce the risk or dropping a metal tool on the battery. It could spark or short circuit the battery or other electrical parts and could cause an explosion.
- Remove all metal items, like rings, bracelets, and watches when working with leadacid batteries. Batteries produce a short circuit current high enough to weld metal to skin, causing a severe burn.
- Have someone within range of your voice or close enough to come to your aid when you work near batteries.
- Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby in case battery acid contacts skin, clothing, or eyes.
- Wear complete eye protection and clothing protection. Avoid touching your eyes while working near batteries.
- If battery acid contacts skin or clothing, wash immediately with soap and water. If acid enters your eye, immediately flood it with running cold water for at least twenty minutes and get medical attention immediately.
- If you need to remove a battery, always remove the ground terminal from the battery first. Make sure all accessories are off so you don’t cause a spark.
- Never charge a frozen battery.
- If a remote or automatic generator control system is used, disable the automatic starting circuit and/or disconnect the generator from it’s starting battery while performing maintenance to prevent accidental starting.
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