Lead Batteries Tips

Tips on handling lead batteries
Courtesy of Newsday News, Friday, April 14 2006

  • Make sure your home and surroundings are lead free. With regards to lead-acid batteries, store them in an upright position, in a covered, well-ventilated location, away from children and pets. Remember, lead poisoning can lead to mental retardation. Avoid contact with water, rain, extreme heat and open flames.

  • Leaking batteries may be neutralised with baking soda or lime (calcium hydroxide). Stored batteries should be checked at least once a week for any cracks or leaks.

  • Do not discard spent batteries with regular household garbage or bury them. Remember leakage into the soil could contaminate surrounding water. Wash hands throughly with soap and water after handling batteries.

  • Take used lead batteries to any of the following local firms, responsible for sending them to dealers abroad for recycling:

  • Automotive Components, Arima
  • Lange (Trinidad) Limited, Port-of-Spain, Chaguanas or San Fernando
  • Dock Yard Electrics TT Limited; Crews Inn Marina
  • Caroline's Tyre
  • Muffler and Battery Shop, Scarborough

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