· Battery gases can explode. DO NOT smoke or allow sparks or open flames near
batteries. Wear safety glasses or goggles when checking the batteries.
· To avoid injury, eye protection and acid-resistant gloves must be worn when working
around batteries. DO NOT smoke, use open flame, make sparks, or create other ignition
sources around batteries. If a battery is giving off gases, it can explode and cause injury
to personnel. Remove all jewelry such as rings, ID tags, watches, and bracelets. If jewelry
or a tool contacts a battery terminal, a direct short will result in instant heating, damage
to equipment, and injury or death to personnel.
· Sulfuric acid contained in batteries can cause serious burns. If battery corrosion or
electrolyte makes contact with skin, eyes, or clothing, take immediate action to stop the
corrosive burning effects. Seek medical attention in the event of an injury.
a. Eyes. Flush with cold water for no less than 15 minutes and seek medical
b. Skin. Flush with large amounts of cold water until all acid is removed. Seek
medical attention as required.
c. Internal. If corrosion or electrolyte is ingested, drink large amounts of water or
milk. Follow with milk of magnesia, beaten egg, or vegetable oil. Seek medical
d. Clothing/Equipment. Wash area with large amounts of cold water. Neutralize acid
with baking soda or household ammonia.
· Failure to follow these warnings may cause injury or death to personnel.
Open battery compartment cover (TM 5-3810-305-10).
Remove jewelry and disconnect battery negative ground cable before performing
maintenance on this equipment. Failure to follow this warning may result in injury or death
Tag all wire assemblies before disconnecting to aid in installation. Remove tags
Disconnect ground cable (Figure 1, Item 6) from battery (Figure 1, Item 9). Discard lockwasher.