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Peachtree City advises caution when charging golf carts

To prevent potential explosions, Peachtree City residents are being advised to charge their golf carts either outdoors or with the garage door open, city fire officials said this week.
The carts when charging emit hydrogen gas, which can cause an explosion or flash fire, officials cautioned. It is also recommended that carts be charged away from any open flame including those for gas water heaters, officials said.

The city is also warning cart owners to make sure the cart charger is plugged directly into a wall outlet that is protected by at least a 15 amp circuit breaker. Extension cords should not be used because most can’t carry the amperage required for the charger, and improperly sized extension cords have caused fires in the city, officials said.

For more information, residents should consult their golf cart owner’s manual, their golf cart retailer or the city fire marshal’s office at dwilliamson@peachtree-city.org.

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Cyclist's picture

I was going to start another electric vs gas cart thread but this is real serious stuff gang. BTW, a lead cell battery - used in those carts - also produces oxygen when charging. Remember it takes three things to make a fire/explosion: fuel (hydrogen), oxidizer (oxygen), and an ignition source (typically a hot water heater). If all these ingredients come together at the right ratio - BOOM.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Cy, we don't have to worry about it.

According to councilman Imker we'll be able to replace our lead acid batteries with, the as yet to be invented for golf carts, lithium-ion batteries sometime in ten years or so.

The good news is the new batteries will only cost around $6,000, down from $16,000 that they currently sell for.

Cyclist's picture

The problem is.......oh heck, he's your problem.☺

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

he's one of those "Off We Go" guys!

Cyclist's picture

as in "into the wild blue wonder flying high into the sky"?

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

yess indeedy. Haven't you seen some of the Mayor's cmts about his "retired military pension?"

Cyclist's picture

I haven't. I must admit, I do need to start to focus more on local politics.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

National politics is easier to stomach.

Hell, it's all on the same Citizen website! Timing, it's all about timing!

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