Cold weather reminds us that we should all be aware of how to safely jump-start our car's battery. Follow these suggestions when getting your car back on the road.
- Always wear a pair of splash-proof polycarbonate goggles with the designation "Z-87" on the frame. This certifies that your goggles are meant for activities such as automobile repair.
- Never smoke or operate anything that may cause a spark when working on a battery. Batteries contain hydrogen and oxygen, two flammable and explosive gasses. The gasses may ignite and cause the battery to explode.
- Check your battery for damage such as cracks, corrosive materials and loose wires as often as you have your oil changed.
- Make sure you have a pair of jumper cables that are rust and corrosion free, and that have no exposed wires. (Never use electrical tape to cover exposed wires.)
- Never jump-start your battery if your car's fluids are frozen.
- Make sure you buy a battery that is recommended in your car owner's manual.
- When buying a new battery, make sure that its terminals are sturdy and large enough to allow the clamps of a pair of jumper cables to attach easily when jump-starting.
- Never throw an automobile battery in a garbage dumpster or leave it in a parking lot, especially if it is cracked or damaged.