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Objective: To use and store batteries in a safe manner. Background: Lead-acid storage batteries are chemical machines that produce power on demand. The typical battery has a number of individual cells containing layers of lead plates immersed in sulfuric acid. When sulfuric acid contacts the lead plate inside the cell, energy is produced. The main battery terminals are the positive and negative posts. The battery may also have vent caps on top of it. These caps serve two purposes: they permit the checking and maintenance of water and acid levels and provide a vent for the escape of gases formed when the battery is charging. Types of Batteries Car Starting Batteries: This battery was developed for the job of starting cars and trucks. Built to deliver quick starting at minimum weight, size and cost, These batteries have lead sponges rather than sturdy lead plates. These thin sponges are delicate and start to break down after less than 100 cycles. Deep Cycle Batteries: It is designed to be compact, inexpensive, and last for 200 to 400 charge-discharge cycles. These storage batteries are packaged in the same small automotive case and contain somewhat thicker plates of lead. Avoid acid spills by placing the battery in an upright and level position. AGRICULTURAL SAFETY TOPICS BATTERY SAFETY WSPS.CA

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