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I would try to place the charger far enough away from the batteries that the corrosive gas does not shorten its life. Ideally in another compartment that is close to the batteries.

Batteries are most likely to explode when a cell in one goes and the charger keeps the voltage up thinking the battery still needs charging due to its lower voltage. As the battery boils electrolyte away it becomes hotter and eventually shorts a plate causing what is left to explode.

I have never heard of a modern charger causing a battery to explode and doubt that is possible. They are ignition protected.
 
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