Batteries are widely used in a variety of devices and because they are so common, people may not be aware of some dangers they may be exposed to when handling batteries. Two immediate dangers are:
Fire or explosion due to a short circuit or improper charging.
Leakage of corrosive liquid.
General Safety Tips That Apply to Batteries of All Sizes:
Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not mix batteries of different brands. Do not mix old and new batteries. Do not mix batteries of different types, such as alkaline and non-alkaline, or rechargeable and non-rechargeable. Do not use damaged or leaking batteries. Observe the correct polarity when installing batteries.
Battery Charging Tips
Always follow safety precautions and wear proper eye protection.
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions.
Turn charger off and disconnect battery prior to hook-up.
A battery that has not begun to accept minimum charging current within 15 minutes at the highest charger setting should be replaced.
If violent gassing or spewing of liquid occurs or the case feels hot, temporarily reduce or halt charging.
Never attempt to charge a frozen battery, allow it to warm up.
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