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3 Ways to Treat a Battery-Acid Burn

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3 Ways to Treat a Battery-Acid Burn
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Battery acid is often super-concentrated and can have a pH of 2.0 or lower, so it's critical to use a copious amount of water to flush the affected burn region and dilute the chemical reactivity of the acid. Ues plenty of water. If you spritz just a small amount of water on the burn, that can actually make the situation worse by spreading the acid around without reducing its potency. You can use a mild alkaline solution to neutralize acid that may have spilled onto clothing. But this "fighting chemicals with chemicals" approach isn't always the answer, particularly when you're dealing with a super-concentrated chemical burn.

In addition to flushing the area with cold water, remove any contaminated clothing, dirt, or debris from the wound.

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