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:
|Trinidad||Automotive Components, ArimaLange (Trinidad) Limited, Port-of-Spain, Chaguanas or San FernandoDock Yard Electrics TT Limited; Crews Inn Marina|
|Tobago||Caroline's TyreMuffler and Battery Shop, Scarborough|