How to Safely Handle Battery Acid
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Battery Acid. Electrolyte. They both mean the same thing. They are the mixture of water and sulfuric acid inside the battery you can hear sloshing around that can ruin anything your wearing, and burn your eyes and skin.
That said, Chrome Battery wants you to practice the number one rule when handling battery acid, or working around flooded batteries: ALWAYS WEAR PROPER EYE, FACE, AND HAND PROTECTION.
Also, if you should get electrolyte splashed into your eyes because you ignored the number one rule when handling battery acid, or working around flooded batteries – force the eye open and flood it with clean cold water from a shower, eye-wash station or bottle for at LEAST 15-20 minutes. If the burning sensation does not stop, head the Emergency Room at the hospital.
If you should swallow electrolyte, drink a lot (a quart or more) of milk. DO NOT induce vomiting! And get to a Poison Control Center or Emergency Room immediately.
When you’re using / around / handling electrolyte, make sure you keep plenty of acid-neutralizing solution around, like soda ash, baking soda, ammonia mixed with equal parts water. You’ll want this stuff handy for when you spill electrolyte — and if you’re working around a lot of batteries, there is a good chance you are going to spill.
If or when you do spill, cover the spill with your neutralizing agent. After neutralizing, rinse the contaminated area with clean water. If you should spill a large amount of electrolyte – 10 gallons or more — call the fire department and let them handle it. Otherwise, you could get seriously hurt and there may be environmental issues depending upon where you live.
Every now and then, you may have a battery that leaks because it got punctured or whatever during shipping or installation. In that case, immediately put the leaking battery into a plastic bag – a trash bag is perfect – with some baking soda to soak up the leaking electrolyte inside the bag. Clean up any spilled area using the method above, and then take your battery to an authorized battery recycling center or call Chrome Batteries customer service department for next steps (317) 564-4278.
There is also an alternative approach to not having to handle battery acid and that is to purchase the battery already filled by our battery experts. These are called Sealed Lead Acid Batteries and will be shipped to you ready to go!
The people at Chrome Battery want to make sure you remember this again: ALWAYS WEAR PROPER EYE, FACE, AND HAND PROTECTION.
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