Button Batteries

Button Batteries - A Serious Risk

In Australia, 20 children present to an emergency department each week from a button battery ingestion or insertion.

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When swallowed, these small button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns and long term damage to the airways. Children under the age of 5 years are at the greatest risk. Across Australia, around 20 children a week present to an emergency department with a button battery related injury.

We use electronic devices every day without giving them a second thought. But there is a hidden danger inside many small electronic devices that all parents and carers need to know about. Powerful coin-sized button batteries can be found in many household devices such as car remotes, electronic candles, watches, singing greeting cards and other electronic devices. Often these can be easily accessed - even by a child.

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Prevention

To prevent button battery related death and injury:

  • Look for any items in your house that may contain a lithium button battery
  • Place these devices up out of reach of small children
  • Lock away any loose or spare batteries
  • Dispose of the batteries immediately and safely
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Urgent Action Required

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If you suspect a child has swallowed or inserted a button battery, call the Poisons Informational Centre on 13 11 26 immediately

KEEP OUT OF REACH. GET HELP FAST. TELL OTHERS.

For more information visit http://thebatterycontrolled.com.au or the SA Health website

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