Is hydrogen a problem in your battery room? Forklift batteries release hydrogen while charging, and hydrogen is a flammable gas; in fact, hydrogen is listed as a class 4 flammable substance — the highest classification available — by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 standards.
In 2001, a commercial building in Rancho Cordova, California suddenly exploded, destroying a 50-foot section of roof and causing massive property damage, but no injuries.The accident could have been avoided; hydrogen had gradually built up in a computer battery charging area, eventually reaching dangerous concentrations despite the presence of a fully functioning hydrogen detector, which was sounding when firefighters arrived.
Every warehouse battery room needs effective hazard monitoring tools. While lead-acid battery power is an inherently safe technology, it still carries risks, and every battery charging area should be appropriately outfitted for corrosive liquids, flammable gases and high-voltage electrical systems.
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Electric forklifts are an extremely safe technology — with an exceptionally safe power source. Even so, all heavy duty equipment needs to be handled with appropriate precautions, and appropriate battery room monitoring equipment will help you keep your operation safe and productive.