Section 14. Storage Batteries

  1. Allen L. Clapp P.E., P.L.S.

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118098974.ch9

National Electrical Safety Code Handbook, Sixth Edition

National Electrical Safety Code Handbook, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Clapp, A. L. (ed) (2011) Section 14. Storage Batteries, in National Electrical Safety Code Handbook, Sixth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118098974.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 10 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780738149301

Online ISBN: 9781118098974



  • floors;
  • illumination;
  • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Handbook;
  • racks;
  • storage batteries;
  • ventilation


This chapter presents the rules for storage batteries defined in Section 14 of Part One of National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Handbook. Unlike coal-handling areas and other hazardous areas addressed by Rule 127-Classified Locations, storage battery areas are not considered as classified locations by the NESC. The chapter addresses the special concerns relating to ignition of hydrogen, damage to the equipment, and potential personnel-related issues. The requirements of Section 14 provide adequate safety for the maintenance and operation of battery areas. The section also highlights the aspects of ventilation, the design of racks that support the cells, and floors and illumination in battery areas.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

electrical safety; fans; lighting