Thursday, August 1, 2013

Types & Fundamentals Part 14: Power Sources

Hydrogen Gas


Flammable hydrogen gas is always present during battery recharging. Hydrogen gas is potentially explosive if allowed to accumulate in a closed area.

Potential Hazards:
  • Ignition/explosion of accumulated hydrogen gas.
Requirements and Recommended Practice:
  • Post no smoking signs.
     
  • Use non-sparking tools.
     
  • Prevent open flames, sparks, or electrical arcs in the battery charging area to minimize the danger of explosion.
     
  • Provide adequate ventilation.
     
  • Open the battery cover when charging, so that the hydrogen gas can vent better. This is especially important in confined areas where the danger of accumulation is greatest.

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