Vehicle Extrication: Don't Forget About the 12-Volt Battery

By Brock Archer These days, there is a lot of concern with high-voltage components and cabling in hybrid and electric vehicles, but what about 12-volt cabling? Are low-voltage cables a hazard at motor vehicle accidents? Yes, even low-voltage cables can create problems for rescuers at an extrication response. Unlike high-voltage cables, low-voltage cables are body grounded, which means that if a positive 12-volt cable is cut or crushed (whether by rescuers or by the accident), it can create an arc flash, a heat buildup, and even a fire if it comes in contact with the vehicle's body. And it has--last year, a California fire department reported that when its truck company, assigned to extric...

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