October is "Battery Safety Month" - AutoMD Releases Battery Safety Guide

   October is "Battery Safety Month" - AutoMD Releases Battery Safety Guide

Guide provides tips to avoid battery related injuries and for safely jump
starting, installing and disposing of batteries

PR Newswire

CARSON, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013

CARSON, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Prevent Blindness
America, each year there are roughly 6,000 eye injuries caused from auto
batteries. Timed with October's national Auto Battery Safety Month, the
experts at AutoMD.com have compiled a guide for safe jump-starting procedures
and installing auto batteries, as well as, how to dispose of and recycle a
battery.

"Auto Battery Safety Month is a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid
risks when changing a car battery, as well as, on how to properly and safely
jump start your car. This is something many take for granted as being an easy
fix, which is why we have created the AutoMD Battery Safety Guide," said Brian
Hafer, VP Marketing at AutoMD.com. "Whether dead or not, batteries can release
an explosive hydrogen gas, and all it takes is a small spark to ignite the
gas. We hope this guide will help encourage battery safety in October -- and
in the months to come."

Some alarming facts on Auto Battery Safety:

  oThere are roughly 6,000 eye injuries caused by auto batteries including
    cuts to the eye from flying battery fragments.^1
  oSkin burns, hand injuries, and other related injuries can also result. ^ 1
  oInjuries can be caused by battery explosions, chemical burns and/or
    contamination resulting from contact with battery acid, muscle strains
    and/or crush type injuries with lifting or dropping the battery, and
    electric shock from contacting battery and/or posts. ^2

AutoMD.com's Battery Jump Start Safety Tips

1.Only Attempt It If You Know What You Are Doing
2.Check Your Vehicle Owner's Manual
3.Keep all Sparks and Open Flames (Smoking) Away from the Battery
4.Always Wear Eye Protection
5.Make Sure Your Jumper Cables are in Good Condition
6.Do Not Jump Start a Frozen Battery
7.Turn the Ignition Key Off for BOTH Vehicles--Turn Off all Electrical
    Accessories
8.Make Sure the Red and Black Cables Do Not Touch When Connecting Them to
    the Batteries

The AutoMD Auto Battery Safety Tips and Resource Guide includes the following
safety information:

  oHow to safely jump start your auto battery
  oHow to safely install a battery
  oHow to safely dispose and recycle auto batteries

For more details on safe jump starting and to directly access the AutoMD Auto
Battery Safety Guide, click here:
http://cdn.automd.com/images/about/101513AutoMDcom_Auto_Battery_Safety_Guide-FINAL.pdf

^[1]According to Prevent Blindness America:
http://articles.latimes.com/2006/apr/26/autos/hy-wheels26
[2] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/97840.PDF

About AutoMD.com

AutoMD.com® (www.automd.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Auto Parts
Network, Inc., (Nasdaq: PRTS), is the most comprehensive and unbiased free
online automotive repair resource designed to empower car owners with the best
way to repair their vehicles. Backed by a team of automotive data specialists
and certified auto mechanics who are advocates for the car owner, AutoMD.com
helps both DIY (Do It Yourself) and DIFM (Do It For Me) car owners to: 1.
Troubleshoot car problems, 2. Know how much auto repairs should cost, 3.
Understand the steps needed and the time it should take with How-to Auto
Repair guides, 4. Find the right local auto repair shop at the right price for
their issue, 5. Get auto repair questions answered by the AutoMD.com
community, and 6. Get instant comparative quotes on repair jobs from local
repair shops. AutoMD.com was named Best Automotive Website in the 8^th annual
American Business Awards, also known as the Stevie^® Awards. AutoMD Mobile is
available for the iPhone at iTunes and for the Android at Google Play.

Contact:
Media Relations
Crystal Hartwell, mWEBB Communications, (714) 987-1016, crystal@mwebbcom.com
Elizabeth Johnson, mWEBB Communications, (213) 713-4865,
elizabeth@mwebbcom.com

SOURCE AutoMD.com

Website: http://www.automd.com
 
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