THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
Blog By: Dustin Lano
Did you ever put a battery in your pocket and carry it around for a while? DON’T! It could cause an injury.
If you have keys, coins or other metallic objects in your pocket and there is contact between the battery terminals and such objects, you may get an unpleasant surprise. The contact creates a short circuit which causes a drain on the battery. This makes the battery get very hot.
With a little luck, you’ll feel a burning sensation on your leg and remove the battery before something worse happens. Something worse would be acid leaking from the battery or an explosion, neither of which you want to experience. People have suffered painful injuries from such happenings.
Nine volt batteries are probably the worst because the terminals are only about ½ inch apart. What touches one could easily touch the other. But a good rule to follow would be to never put a battery in a pocket, purse or anywhere else where it might touch metal objects.