Battery Safety Precautions

Electrolyte Safety:

•    In the event that skin or clothing is exposed to battery acid, neutralize the acid by covering the area with baking soda or a mixture of household ammonia and water. Immediately following, rinse the affected area with clean water.

•    If the acid should get into the eye, hold the eye open and flush the eye with clean, cool water for 15 minutes. Contact emergency medical officials right away.

•    Should acid be ingested, swallow excess amounts of clean water or milk. After, drink milk of magnesia and contact poison control or emergency medical professionals. DO NOT VOMIT.


•    The gases released from all lead acid batteries have the potential to be explosive.

•    Do not expose the battery to anything that may ignite the battery such as sparks, cigarettes or open flames.

•    To minimize risk of potential injury, always where protective gear such as goggles, gloves and face shields when working around a battery.

•    Never lean over a battery while in use whether you are charging, jumping or connecting/disconnecting the battery.

•    Circuit terminals on the battery are always conducting currents. Never try to create a spark by breaking or tampering with the battery terminals.

•    When jumping or installing a battery, make sure the cables are in good working condition as a poor connection could result in an electrical arc.

Battery Charging:

•    Batteries should only be charged in open, ventilated areas.

•    Turn the battery charger to the off position before the charger comes in contact with the battery.

•    Connect the appropriate cable colors to the appropriate terminals. Red for positive and blue/black for negative.

•    Disconnect the battery from the vehicle before charging. Failure to do so may result in the failure of the vehicle’s electrical network grid.

•    Never disconnect the battery leads from the charge during the charging process as a spark may result and cause damage or explosion.