Floor Equipment Battery Safety Guidelines

These are general maintenance and safety guidelines. Please consult manufacturer instructions before performing any repairs or maintenance.

Common Battery Tools

Battery Safety Tips

  1. Remove all jewelry before servicing batteries.
  2. Always turn all machine switches off when installing batteries.
  3. Keep sparks, flame and smoking materials away from batteries. Explosive gases are created while charging batteries.
  4. Always wear protective safety gear while servicing batteries.
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  5. Make sure all connections are very tight or you run the risk of melting the posts or causing an explosion.
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  6. Remove caps to check water level in every cell. Always reattach caps to batteries. Do not charge with caps loose or removed.
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  7. The water level should be visible and touching the bottom of the opening (illustrated here with the screwdriver).
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  8. Using a funnel, fill every low cell with distilled water.
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  9. If contact with battery acid occurs IMMEDIATELY rinse contact location with water for 15 minutes.
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  10. Charge batteries in a well-ventilated area. NOTE: While batteries are charging they emit highly explosive hydrogen gas.
  11. Never lay anything on top of batteries as arcing may occur.
  12. Always connect batteries as shown on the machine installation decal or manufacturer service manual to avoid shorting out the batteries.
  13. If battery acid is present, sprinkle baking soda on battery acid to neutralize it.
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  14. Always use two people to install the batteries.
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Removal and Installation

  1. Disconnect batteries from machine.
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  2. Remove nut and washer from jumper cables. Note the battery connection pattern for new battery installation.
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  3. Remove all cables.
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  4. Remove batteries one at a time using a battery strap.
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  5. Install new batteries using a battery strap. Use manufacturer connection pattern or install exactly as removed.
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  6. Replace the old battery cables with new cables. Tightly fasten nuts to complete installation.
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