Dos and Don ts - Vehicle battery safety

Dos and Don ts - Vehicle battery safety:

  • Store batteries in a clean and dry area (in order to prevent deterioration).
  • Store batteries in a fully charged state. (12V Battery above 12.4V).
  • Ensure the correct polarity connection when recharging and fitting.
  • Follow proper recharging schedules to prevent overcharging. Ensure charging is conducted in a well ventilated area.
  • Ensure that the battery is always clean and dry, with the terminals coated with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or proprietory terminal protectors. Don not use greases which may contain metal additives.
  • NB. Practice stock rotation and use a first-in, first-out system at all times.
  • Always wear protective clothing when working with batteries.

  • Do not store batteries in a discharged state.
  • Don not test batteries by shortening across terminal posts with wire, spanners, etc.
  • Do not allow open flames or sparks near a battery as it could explode (batteries give off flammable gasses).
  • Do not use a single spanner to loosen or tighten the terminal lamp as this could damage the post seal. Use a spanner to the nut and a second spanner to the bolt.
  • Do not use the starter motor to propel the vehicle parked with the accessories switched on for extended periods.
  • Don not lean over a battery when charging or testing.
  • Do not put any metal objects on top of a battery.