Did you know an average of 3,400 children in the U.S. swallow batteries annually?
This week (September 1-7, 2013), is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week. The National Safety Council and Energizer have teamed up to share some important tips every parent should know to help prevent injuries from the ingestion of Coin Lithium batteries.
Our electronic toys and devices are part of our everyday life. And they have become increasingly smaller and slimmer, creating a new generation of compact, high-performance coin-sized batteries.
These disk batteries are small, pill or coin shaped devices that contain heavy metals such as zinc, mercury, silver, nickel, cadmium, and lithium.
When swallowed, these batteries can get stuck in the throat and cause severe burns. If it is suspected that a child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, it is important to go to the emergency department immediately.
Children often eat batteries lying loose after they were removed from a device. Other times, the batteries are mistaken for a pill and ingested.
Energizer was the first to voluntarily develop packaging for its 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging. They are made from more durable and flexible materials that make it very difficult for young children to open.
The 4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety
- Store devices that use coin lithium batteries out of reach of children
- Secure the battery compartments of devices
- Select battery packaging that meets federal guidelines for child resistance, such as Energizer’s coin lithium battery packaging
- Share this information with your friends and family
For more information on child safety and coin lithium battery safety, please visit nsc.org, http://www.energizer.com, TheBatteryControlled.com and http://www.poison.org/battery.
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Disclaimer: I received compensation and products to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own.