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Use Quality Booster Cables

A precautionary message in your car owner's manual or on top of your battery tells how to connect jumper cables safely to prevent sparks and a possible explosion. An additional statement might warn about the dangers of using substandard quality jumper cables. These can produce a situation similar to connecting a thin, poorly insulated extension cord to an electric heater. The wire could heat up, eventually melting the insulation and causing a short circuit. In household wiring a fuse or circuit breaker probably would prevent a fire. In the case of jumper cables, where there is no circuit breaker protection, inadequate strands of wiring, leading to melted insulation, could be a real hazard.

Among other shortcomings of inferior booster cables include:

The engineers of Associated Equipment Corporation offer tips on features to look for: