- It is important to keep lithium batteries out of reach of children to prevent ingestion
- Keep coin cell batteries out of sight
- Be aware of what devices in your home take lithium cell batteries and secure the battery compartments
- If swallowed, seek immediate medical advice
Did you know that?
- Button batteries were involved in 84 per cent of all battery-related emergencies for which a battery type was identified.
- The number of serious injuries or deaths as a result of button batteries has increased more than nine fold in the past decade.
- When a button battery gets stuck in a child’s throat, the saliva triggers an electrical current that causes a chemical reaction that can burn the oesophagus. Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed.
- Of the lithium battery injuries recorded:
- 49% ingested batteries were removed from a device
- 42% were left sitting loose or in the trash
- Only 6% were removed from the battery and packaging
Our thanks to: Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Chemical Poison Center of the USA for the information used in this article.