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Safety Tip of the Month March 2024

Never attempt to charge a frozen battery. (Image generated by Microsoft Bing DALL-E 3 and Adobe Firefly from a prompt by Barry Falkner)

Never attempt to charge a frozen battery. The amount of charge in a battery reflects the temperature at which it will freeze. A battery with an available voltage of 11.5 volts is considered "dead." The sulfuric acid and distilled water mix in a battery becomes displaced as the charge in the battery decreases, allowing it to freeze at a higher temperature. A frozen battery can explode when a charger is hooked up to it. Always check the outside of the battery for cracks and inside all cells for ice before charging a battery that could possibly be frozen.


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