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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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.

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 4 children a week present to an emergency department with a button battery related injury.

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

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

For more information visit http://thebatterycontrolled.com.au

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