October is "Battery Safety Month" - AutoMD Releases Battery Safety Guide

Guide provides tips to avoid battery related injuries and for safely jump starting, installing and disposing of batteries

Oct 16, 2013, 08:00 ET from AutoMD.com

CARSON, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Prevent Blindness America, each year there are roughly 6,000 eye injuries caused from auto batteries.  Timed with October's national Auto Battery Safety Month, the experts at AutoMD.com have compiled a guide for safe jump-starting procedures and installing auto batteries, as well as, how to dispose of and recycle a battery.

"Auto Battery Safety Month is a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid risks when changing a car battery, as well as, on how to properly and safely jump start your car.  This is something many take for granted as being an easy fix, which is why we have created the AutoMD Battery Safety Guide," said Brian Hafer, VP Marketing at AutoMD.com. "Whether dead or not, batteries can release an explosive hydrogen gas, and all it takes is a small spark to ignite the gas. We hope this guide will help encourage battery safety in October -- and in the months to come."

Some alarming facts on Auto Battery Safety:

  • There are roughly 6,000 eye injuries caused by auto batteries including cuts to the eye from flying battery fragments.1
  • Skin burns, hand injuries, and other related injuries can also result. 1
  • Injuries can be caused by battery explosions, chemical burns and/or contamination resulting from contact with battery acid, muscle strains and/or crush type injuries with lifting or dropping the battery, and electric shock from contacting battery and/or posts. 2

AutoMD.com's Battery Jump Start Safety Tips

  1. Only Attempt It If You Know What You Are Doing
  2. Check Your Vehicle Owner's Manual
  3. Keep all Sparks and Open Flames (Smoking) Away from the Battery
  4. Always Wear Eye Protection
  5. Make Sure Your Jumper Cables are in Good Condition
  6. Do Not Jump Start a Frozen Battery
  7. Turn the Ignition Key Off for BOTH Vehicles--Turn Off all Electrical Accessories
  8. Make Sure the Red and Black Cables Do Not Touch When Connecting Them to the Batteries

The AutoMD Auto Battery Safety Tips and Resource Guide includes the following safety information:

  • How to safely jump start your auto battery
  • How to safely install a battery
  • How to safely dispose and recycle auto batteries

For more details on safe jump starting and to directly access the AutoMD Auto Battery Safety Guide, click here: http://cdn.automd.com/images/about/101513AutoMDcom_Auto_Battery_Safety_Guide-FINAL.pdf

[1]According to Prevent Blindness America: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/apr/26/autos/hy-wheels26
[2] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/97840.PDF

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