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Battery Leaking Acid Safety & Protection and Usage
Battery leakage is something that every person should be concerned about. It is best that you read up some article on how to take care of yourself when a battery leaks. Batteries are usually perfectly fine when they are carrying out their normal routine job. However if there is a problem then this can be something of concern because the battery may catch fire or it may even explode which can be highly injurious to you. This can be avoided as well but in the case of some unfortunate accident the battery leaks what must you do?
Here is a detailed article that will describe all the solutions to your problem in case there arises one.
How do the batteries leak?
Normally the battery is made of a strong and robust outer coating that doesn’t allow the content of the cell to break out of the battery, but sometimes when the alkaline solution of the battery that is helping in generating the energy also produces gas bubbles. Under normal circumstances nothing happens and the battery remains perfectly fine. In some odd situations the as bubbles accumulate and then causing the battery case to be damaged when they pop all together. This causes the battery cover to be damaged hence leaking the products within the battery outside.
This is how the battery leaks if the condition become much more severe the battery may even explode and may cause some serious damage that can be long lasting. Either this may happen or the other dangerous thing that may happen is that the battery content may catch fire which may also result in an immediate explosion. The problem with catching fire is that the fire burns and creates these very harmful and toxic gases that may be acidic in nature therefore causing damage and permanent respiratory problems.
Are leaking batteries dangerous?
The short answer is yes. Leaking batteries are very dangerous because they contain the most harmful toxic substances that can damage the system of the body and impair them from their normal functions. The three most important and the most toxic substances that may be present in the battery are cadmium, lead and sulfuric acid.
The most dangerous of these three is the lead. Lead is the toxic material that can be inhaled when the battery explodes as a result of formation of the lead fumes. The other way is by mistakenly ingesting lead that may happen because of the randomly touching of the battery rods and then eating or putting those hands in your mouth. By this manner you can get lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can damage your health and mental growth, although the effects in small amounts of inhalation and ingestion are limited to adults. The most harmful effects can be towards little children and fetuses that are present in pregnant women. In them the systems haven’t yet been fully developed and they are still in their growing age. They can cause mental retardation and even abortion of the baby in the fetus form.
These are not limited to the mental retardation lead poisoning can also cause problems in the hearing process of the child by causing the underdevelopment of such sensory organs. The other main effect it can have is on the eyes of the person. It can severely affect eyesight causing them to have loss of accommodation reflex and even worse may cause total permanent blindness. These effects of lead poisoning are also spread to kidney thus damaging their ability to perform key functions of keeping the blood free from excretory products.
Sulfuric acid is most dangerous in the form of fumes. The fumes of sulfuric acid are so strong that they may make the eyes of the person burn causing them to have permanent impairment in the ability to see clearly or see at all. The nasal tract can be burnt and the olfactory receptor cells may be permanently damaged thus robbing the person of their smell. The most serious cases may descend deep to the lungs thereby increasing the chances of them having shortness breath all lifelong due to the damage of tissues in the lungs.
What to do if a battery leaks?
If a battery leaks the first thing is that you must be careful that you don’t touch any of the chemicals that come out of the battery. This can cause harmful allergies and make sure that you don’t inhale any of the fumes and keep your eyes protected and saved from these sorts of fumes because they can cause some serious damage.
The next thing that you should do is that you must make sure that the air in the area of leakage is being properly ventilated. This will make sure that no fumes or any sort of gases that are being emitted will enter your eyes or nose when start working on getting the leakage fixed or disposed.
Wear safety gear such as goggles and gloves and carefully dispose the battery in case of the leakage.
Is inhaling battery acid harmful?
Of course it is harmful. Inhaling battery acid can be something that will make your eyes watery and may even cause some sort of blindness because of the toxic fumes that hit your eyes. It contains the most dangerous gases that can cause not only permanent damage to your organs of sense but also degenerate the normal bodily functions. These harmful gases can even make you susceptible to cancers if you continuously expose yourself to such gases therefore causing further greater health complications. You are more prone to getting ulcers and other harmful diseases.
Therefore you must be careful of these gases. These are the most important things that you must consider. The safety precautions must be taken into consideration because in these circumstances anything can go wrong. You must wear goggles so that your eyes are protected from the harmful fumes and make sure that the ventilation is done right. Use gloves while disposing the battery so toa void getting any harmful chemical on your fingers.