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Sunday, September 1, 2013

4 S's of Coin Lithium Battery Safety

Do you know what to do if your child swallows a Coin Lithium battery?  The answer is that you need to immediately take them for medical help.  When a curious child swallows a Coin Lithium battery, it is extremely dangerous because it can cause chemical burns in as little as two hours.

My son is 3 years old and extremely curious, but we had a talk tonight about the dangers of swallowing batteries.  I hope that he fully understands how dangerous and scary  this is, but still, I did a sweep of our house to make sure that all of our batteries are out of his reach. I also cautiously removed the books from his bedroom that use these batteries and put them up where he can't reach them.

Next 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 to help keep kids safe.

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
Energizer led the industry by being 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.  For instance, check out the new Energizer packaging and a competitor package.

For reference, let me share background on CPSC Child-Resistant Packaging.The CPSC imposes strict guidelines to determine if a packaging qualifies as effectively child-resistant. The packaging is tested with groups of children ages 42-51 months and also with senior adults ages 50-70. For a package to be child-resistant, a total of 80% of the children tested must not open the package in a full 10 minutes of testing. To make sure that adults are able to use a child-resistant package properly, 90% of adults tested have up to five minutes, and then another minute in a second test, to open and close the package (if applicable) so that it is child-resistant again. 

I tested the packages out myself. I was able to quickly open the competitor package without scissors. On the other hand, the Energizer package was more challenging to open. After 5 minutes, I resorted to using scissors. This was a good thing since their goal was to make the package difficult to open without scissors.

Energizer also developed a national awareness campaign in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide called The Battery Controlled, which works to alert parents and caregivers to the dangers of swallowing coin lithium batteries. Identifying ways its products can help keep families safe is part of the Energizer commitment to designing its products with people in mind and investing in programs that have a positive impact on the world. that's positivenergy(tm).

As a mom, I'm glad that Energizer decided to invest in new packaging and spreading the word about the importance of keeping batteries out of reach from curious children.  My son loves when I treat him like a "big boy" and discuss serious issues with him. I'm glad that he responded so positively to our battery safety conversation.  

After our talk, I presented my son with a couple of fun Energizer products. He loves the new Energizer "CARS" LED Nightlight. This nightlight automatically brightens when it is dark. It's perfect for the hallway between his bedroom and bathroom.
 
He also loves the Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 LED Light. This has a cool feature that you can use it as a flashlight as shown below or slide the plastic to use it as a lantern!  My son thinks that it is the coolest invention.
I hope that you will spread the word about the importance of National Childhood Injury Prevention Week and Coin Lithium Battery Safety.

Did you already know that the consequences of swallowing a battery could be so severe?

Learn More  
Again, if it is suspected that a child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, it is important to go to the emergency department immediately. For more information on child safety and coin lithium battery safety, please visit nsc.org, www.energizer.com, TheBatteryControlled.com and www.poison.org/battery

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72 comments :

  1. I will tell the people I work with.
    Cathy Truman
    kbtruman(at)att(dot)net

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  2. I'm going to tell my partner Scott about Coin Lithium Battery safety.

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  3. My husband -- we go through batteries like crazy around here!

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  4. I'll tell my brother since he has young kids.

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  5. i will tell my youngest daughter because she will thinking it is intersting plus her youngest swallowed a penny many years ago and it nearly killed him

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  6. I will tell ALL the kids, my grown kids and the grandkids! You really HAVE to be vigilant, don't you??? EVERYTHING has a battery in it today.

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  7. I will tell my neighbor who has small kids.

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  8. i will tell my daughter for our grandkids sake.

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  9. my husband to make sure we get them

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  10. I'm going to tell my husband.

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  11. Who are you going to tell about Coin Lithium Battery safety?

    everybody if i win..ha ha

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  12. I'll share this info with my daughter.

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  13. I am going to share this information with my son, his wife and their little one.

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  14. My sister and her family.
    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  15. I'm gonna tell my whole family & friends.
    Holly W

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  16. i will tell my family and friends good to know ty;)

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  17. I will tell my niece who has a 3 yr old busy boy!
    frogz60@hotmail.com
    Linda W

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  18. I'm going to tell my daughter so she can protect my grandson who is 16 months.

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  19. i am going to talk to my mom about it because she has my children a lot

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  20. I'm going to tell my sister about it because she has a baby who just started walking.

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  21. I am sharing with hubby and other friends

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  22. I am telling everyone I know with kids about this thanks for posting
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  23. I am definitely going to talk it over with my husband to let him know!

    lastingpurple@hotmail.com

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  24. My hubby so he can tell the guys at the fire station ~mia

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  25. I would tell my little nephew about it!

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  26. my hubby & the guys at the fire station ~mia

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  27. I will share it with my daughter in law and her kids

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  28. I'm going to share this info with everyone who cares for my nieces and nephews.

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  29. I will share this with the class I teach, and my son, thanks for the great info!

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  30. I am going to share this with my family and friends

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  31. I will let my sister who has two younger children know.

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  32. My son so he'll know the danger to my grandsons.

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  33. I will tell my son about Coin Lithium Battery safety.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. my dad most likely
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  35. My best friend.
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  36. I will share with my daughter!

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  37. I'm going to tell my parents so they make sure the lithium coin batteries are out of reach of the grandchildren.

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  38. I will tell my Daughter and Son who have young kids.
    jodysis at windstream dot net

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  39. My husband as we are about to having baby number 1

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  40. I would tell my niece who is expecting a baby.
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  41. I will tell everyone in my family who has children.

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  42. I will tell all of my neighbors, friends and family.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. my sis with her kids - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  44. I see a lot of people at church to tell and I also work in a hospital with labor and delivery families.
    Allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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  45. I will tell my co workers!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  46. My daughter - she is expecting my second grandchild.

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  47. I will be telling my husbnad

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  48. Everyone I know with kids...my brother, my sisters in law, my cousins and friends.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  49. I will tell my husband and some friends

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  50. I am going to tell my sisters and brothers.
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  51. all my friends who have children

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  52. I will tell all my children and my niece and nephews!

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  53. I am going to tell my children.

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  54. Will warn the kids and tell other parents I know

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  55. I will tell my friends and co-workers who have children.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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