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Safety Tips for Jump Starting a Car Battery

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Check your battery for damage such as cracks, corrosive materials and loose wires as often as you have your oil changed.
  4. 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.)
  5. Never jump-start your battery if your car’s fluids are frozen.
  6. Make sure you buy a battery that is recommended in your car owner’s manual.
  7. 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.
  8. Never throw an automobile battery in a garbage dumpster or leave it in a parking lot, especially if it is cracked or damaged.

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