There may come a time when you need to jump start or change a car battery. Consumers should understand the complex chemical properties that occur in a charging battery, including the risk of explosive gases.
Batteries contain sulfuric acid mixed with lead plates. Sulfuric acid is hazardous; it burns through most clothing and may burn through your skin. Warning signs on batteries state that the acid may shoot toward your eyes, causing blindness.
Most of the chemical compounds in a battery are in a water solution. The water solution causes a chemical reaction with the sulfuric acid. The reaction creates electrons, which are absorbed by the lead plates.
Hydrogen gas is created in the immediate area of the charging battery. This is not a concern to anyone's health, but hydrogen is very flammable. A direct open flame may cause an explosion, destroying the battery and harming anyone working on the car.
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