Deep cycle batteries deliver a great deal of power for a long period of time, and they come in relatively small containers. When you have that much power in one small area, there are going to be safety concerns to worry about. If you handle deep cycle injuries for your company or even at home, then you need to be aware of these types of common injuries that can occur at any moment.
Ingestion of Toxic Materials
These batteries generate their power by using a series of toxic materials that can be extremely harmful if ingested or inhaled. When you are working with deep cycle batteries, it is extremely important to avoid direct contact with the chemicals inside, and even more important to take immediate action if the chemicals are ingested or inhaled.
The charging process for these batteries creates a series of gases that are extremely flammable. A common and devastating type of injury that happens when handling deep cycle batteries occurs when a spark or electrical current makes contact with these gases and causes the battery to explode. This is a very real concern that everyone who handles these batteries should be aware of at all times.
Another very common injury with deep cycle batteries are burns that come from wearing low-hanging jewelry. The jewelry could make contact with a terminal on the battery, and then complete the arc with another piece of metal. If that happens, then a shock will go through the jewelry and cause serious injury.
Avoiding These Injuries
The best way to avoid these types of deep cycle injuries is to develop good habits when it comes to handling and working with the batteries. These habits include:
- Recharging batteries in a well-ventilated area
- Not wearing any loose clothing or accessories while charging batteries
- Always wearing protective gloves and goggles whenever you handle the batteries
- Cleaning up spills the moment they happen
- Having neutralizing solution nearby to allow for easy clean-up of any acid
- Using an industrial watering device and not a garden hose to refill the batteries
- Keeping an eye wash station close to the charging area
The ideal way to avoid injuries is to set aside an area that is designated only for working on batteries. This area would be well-ventilated, have a fully-stocked first aid kit on hand, have neutralizing solution nearby, not have any low wires or anything that could cause a spark, and have a work table that is the right height to work safely on batteries.
At Industrial Powersource (IPS), we offer complete safety training on handling and charging deep cycle batteries. Our experts will walk you through the entire process and give you all of the professional advice you will need to keep your work area safe, and avoid the common injuries that can occur when using these powerful batteries.