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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Battery Systems

Permit Holder Guideline #5

PERMIT TITLE: Battery Systems

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 601.2

FEE:$75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Stationary lead acid battery system with over 50 gallons liquid capacity

PERMIT EXPIRATION:ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Vented (flooded) batteries shall be provided with safety venting caps, and approved method and materials to control and neutralize a electrolyte spill.
  2. Valve-regulated battery systems shall have self-sealing flame-arresting safety vents and:
    1. approved method and materials for neutralizing an electrolyte leak
    2. a listed device or other approved method to preclude, detect and control thermal runaway
    3. where batteries are inside a cabinet, the cabinet shall:
      1. be vented to avoid more than 1% (by volume of cabinet) of hydrogen concentration
      2. be within 10 feet of equipment they support when in occupied work areas
      3. have exterior label about the voltage and current of the contained battery system
      4. interior signs about relevant electrical, chemical, and fire hazards.
  3. Both battery systems shall have approved signs on doors into rooms or building containing stationary lead-acid battery system. The signs shall state that the room contains lead-acid battery system, energized electrical circuits, and that the battery electrolyte solutions are corrosive liquids.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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