Since my children were little I’ve always been really careful about not letting batteries lay around. We keep them up in the cabinet so they are safe from little hands. Last week was National Childhood Injury Prevention Week (September 1-7, 2013), 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. I, for one, think these tips are so important because many times parents don’t learn these things until they read about it somewhere or they hear about it from a friend. So please help pass the word of knowledge. Coin lithium batteries can be found around most homes in everyday items like key remotes, toys, watches, children’s sound books and more.
4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety Tips
- 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
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.
Personal Test of Packaging
We need to think how important it really is to keep these batteries out of reach for children or to pay attention to the packaging that batteries come in and the number one reason why we should is that if ingested, these coin-sized lithium batteries can cause serious chemical burns in as little as two hours. Yet in a survey conducted by Energizer, 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries. Although I know children shouldn’t put batteries in their mouth I had no idea that it can cause serious chemical burns. Did you?
I conducted a little experiment of my own and tried to get the packaging open by hand. I pulled and twisted and tried to get in. I couldn’t open either package right away. Using the scissors I was able to open the competitors brand fairly easily and pull back the cardboard packaging.
The next step would be to open pre-packaged Energizer coin lithium batteries. I needed the scissors. Once cutting into the packaging and getting close to the batteries it’s obvious to see that one would need to cut all the way up to the battery and go around it a bit and twist to get it out. There’s a safety seal around the battery preventing it from just falling out when you get close. The packaging is also pretty difficult to just pull apart it takes more cutting from the scissors and it’s a whole lot more difficult to get open without scissors.
One opening the packaging there’s a safety sticker on the battery to warn you of child safety. The symbols on the front of the packaging are not as prominent on either package but the Energizer child safety sticker caught my eye.
Extra protection from little fingers and a bit of extra work for adults but all worth it for the safety of our children.
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.
What do you think of this packaging?
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