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Hydrogen Safety

Is hydrogen safe? Like most fuels, hydrogen has a high energy content and must be handled properly to be safe. In general, hydrogen is neither more nor less inherently hazardous than gasoline, propane, or methane.

Hydrogen has been safely produced, stored, transported, and used in large amounts in industry by following standard practices that have been established in the past 50 years. These practices can be adapted for non-industrial uses of hydrogen to attain the same level of safety.

Health and Environmental Hydrogen Facts
  • Hydrogen is non-toxic, non-poisonous and will not contribute to groundwater pollution.
  • Hydrogen does not create "fumes."
  • Using hydrogen in fuel cells produces only electricity and pure water.
  • Using hydrogen in common combustion engines and turbines makes them run more efficiently and would reduce air pollution compared to using fossil fuels like gasoline.
  • Well-to-wheels, producing hydrogen from some fossil fuels like natural gas and using it in a fuel cell vehicle will often result in fewer emissions overall than those from today's gasoline vehicles-even hybrids.