ODYSSEY® Automotive Battery Safety Information
When working with ODYSSEY® batteries:
- Always wear proper eye, face and hand protection
- Keep all sparks, flames, and cigarettes away from the battery
- Do not remove or damage vent caps
- Cover vent caps with a damp cloth to minimize any leaking gas
- Make sure the work area is well ventilated
- Never lean over battery while boosting, testing, or charging
Danger of Exploding Batteries
Batteries contain sulfuric acid and produce a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. Because self-discharge action generates hydrogen gas even when the battery is not in operation, make sure the batteries are stored and worked on in a well-ventilated area.
Dangers of Battery Acid
In the unlikely event that an ODYSSEY® battery would leak electrolyte (for example, as a result of being punctured or crushed), extreme caution should be taken to avoid contact with the discharge.
Electrolyte, more commonly known as battery acid, is a solution of sulfuric acid and water that can cause serious skin burns as well as damaging clothing or other materials on contact. When handling electrolyte make sure to always keep an acid-neutralizing solution nearby. Commonly available neutralizing solutions include baking soda or household ammonia mixed with water.
Always follow these safety tips:
- Protect your eyes, face, and hands with safety glasses and gloves
- If electrolyte comes into contact with your eyes, force the affected eye open and flood it with clean, cool water for at least 15 minutes before immediately seeking medical attention
- If electrolyte is accidentally ingested, drink large quantities of water or milk. DO NOT induce vomiting. Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention
- If electrolyte is spilled onto the vehicle or in the work area, neutralize the acid with baking soda and then rinse the contaminated area with water
- When preparing electrolyte of a specific gravity, DO NOT pour water into the acid. Instead, pour the concentrated acid slowly into the water, stirring the water while adding small amounts of acid. In the event that the solution becomes noticeably heated, allow it to cool before continuing to add acid