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Acid Safety

Due to regulations with shipping hazardous materials, acid packs can only be shipped via UPS or FedEx Ground.

Battery acid (also known as sulfuric acid) is a poisonous, corrosive substance. Acid can cause burns, let off dangerous fumes, and When working with acid, it's always best to practice safety measures to protect yourself and your equipment from injury. When working with this stuff, you can never be too cautious. Remember, your safety is paramount; you can never take too many precautions. Do what you can to avoid contact with your skin, eyes and clothing.

While this is not an exhaustive guide to acid safety, here are some tips to ensure your safety when working with battery acid:

Before handling your acid, wear rubber gloves and safety glasses. These can go a long way in preventing injury. Fill your battery in a well-ventilated area to protect yourself from any harmful fumes. Have some baking soda on hand, in case you end up with any excess acid. The baking soda will neutralize the acid and you can then rinse the empty container with water.

Also, there is the danger of explosion. Any emitted gases are combustible, so cigarettes, flames, and sparks can all cause batteries to explode.

If you come in contact with the acid, here are the steps you need to take:

  • Skin Contact: Rinse well with water. If you get acid on your clothing, remove the clothes immediately.
  • Ingestion: DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Drink large quantities of water or milk. Follow with milk of magnesia, beaten eggs, or vegetable oil. CALL A PHYSICIAN OR POISON CONTROL CENTER IMMEDIATELY.
  • Eye Contact: Rinse with water for 20 minutes and get prompt medical attention.
  • Inhaled fumes: Move to a fresh air location.
  • Other Chemicals: Do not mix with other products that react with the acid, such as toilet bowl or drain cleaners, bleach, or ammonia. Dangerous fumes form when mixed with chemicals like these.
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