Overlooked Dangers Posed by Household Batteries

Alkaline batteries have become the staple for many household electronics, and as such have come to be a commonplace part of most homes around the world. In fact, we have become so used to seeing them inside appliances or rattling around in cupboards or drawers that we often forget that, when not properly looked after, these little miracles of power-provision can actually pose a series of risks to households, the appliances within them, and to the people who are operating them. So, to help you avoid any unnecessary accidents or unpleasantness when operating household batteries, here are some of their dangers that you should be working towards avoiding.

Damage to appliances

Alkaline batteries such as those commonly used in television remotes, clocks, radios or cameras are filled with internal, acidic liquids or gels. While they are generally impeccably insulated to ensure that this acid stays on the inside, leaks can still occur, especially in those batteries that have been misused or are old or faulty. When this happens, a small leak could result in the appliance that is being powered taking damage, either on a minor basis or irreparably.

Damage to the user

Batteries that have been overused, put under too much stress, or have been exposed to high temperatures or incandescent materials are likely to leak or spew acidic fluids. When this acid gets into contact with skin or eyes, it can result in anything from mild irritation to serious damage. When battery acid has come into contact with skin or eyes, the affected area should be rinsed with clean water immediately, and medical assistance should be sought.

What they do to the planet

In this day and age, not much can be said about anything without first paying attention to its effect on the environment; and batteries, when used incorrectly, can have a severe impact here. Alkaline batteries are liable to burst or leak in dumps which has an enormously negative impact on the environment as they contaminate the soil and plants in the surrounding area, or even get eaten by animals who soon die afterwards. Battery acid could also contaminate water sources, essentially making it unsafe for consumption; making proper disposal essential for all users.

Using batteries responsibly

Batteries should be checked once in a while to ensure that there are no leaks, especially when they have been placed in appliances that are used infrequently. If the appliance is not in use, remove the batteries and store them safely away, and if you see any signs of a leak, be sure to have them replaced immediately.

When handling batteries, it is essential to only use them for applications that they are suited to, and when leaks are spotted, care should be taken to avoid contact with the skin. When storing batteries, one should be sure to keep them out of the reach of children, while properly disposing of those that are dead or pose any dangers.

Be sure, too, to always correctly dispose of used batteries, not in the dustbin, but by recycling it. This way, you severely limit the negative impact that they have on our environment.

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