Did you know that this is National Poison Prevention Week (March 17 – 23)? Today is also National Home Safety Day.
I thought I would share some safety tips on how to keep your family safe, including preventing little ones (and pets!) from swallowing coin sized button batteries.
Did you know that every year there are approximately 3,500 incidents of button size batteries being swallowed? They are called in to poison control centers across the U.S. Last year there were 17 severe injuries and two deaths as a result of a child swallowing those small, round batteries. The most severe cases involved 20mm coin lithium batteries, which are about the size of a nickel. These batteries can become stuck in a child’s esophagus and literally burn a hole right through the tissue in as little as two hours. Yes, you read that correctly – BURN A HOLE! How awful!
According to the website, The Battery Controlled;
Electronic devices are a part of daily life. And they’re getting smaller, slimmer and sleeker. But inside the battery compartment of mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles, and other electronics, may be one of these very powerful coin-sized button batteries. Small children often have easy access to these devices, and many parents do not know there is a risk. Energizer is the first to offer child-resistant packaging designed to reduce the occurrence of coin-sized battery ingestions. The innovative new packaging is made from more durable and flexible materials that make it very difficult for young children to open, which also meets Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines for child-resistant packaging.
Please note that pets can swallow small button cell batteries too.
For more important information please take a moment to check out these two links,
Here are some additional tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (#NPPW). I encourage all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers and anyone who is around children to take a moment and read over these tips.
Home, Safe Home
- More than 90 percent of poisonings happen in people’s homes, mainly in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
- Keep all medicines, household cleaners, garden chemicals and coin lithium button batteries up high where children can’t see or reach them.
- Never store household and garden chemicals in food containers like cups or bottles.
- Are your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors working? Test them every six months and put in fresh batteries.
- Never mix household cleaning products together. Mixing them could create a poisonous gas.
- Swallowing a coin lithium button battery can be deadly for a child. Call your local poison center right away if one of these batteries is missing from a toy or other household item and you suspect it may have been swallowed.
- Do you have questions? Not sure if it’s an emergency? When in doubt, check it out. Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Start an annual “Home Safety Day.” Go through each room of the home and make sure there are no poisoning dangers. Download a checklist from www.aapcc.org/prevention.
Please share these tips with family and friends. They could end up saving someone’s life some day.
I also have additional tips and information in this posts here on my site.
*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing this information for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.