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With two year old twins, I’m always thinking about their safety. They are just sarting to get into everything and I feel like the more dangerous it could be, the more they seem to be drawn to it. I spend a lot of time childproofing my home, for my girls’ safety. I, like most parents, do the best that I can and supervise my children.
When I was invited to share information about the dangers of Lithium Batteries, I realized that I had never even thought about these as a risk. Yet, they are all around my home – some very accessible to my daughters.
Every year, thousands of cases of coin battery ingestions are reported, and swallowing batteries can lead to serious injury or death. Duracell has taken steps to prevent battery ingestions by updating the packaging and product to have more obvious warnings. But the root of the problem remains: there is a lack of awareness around which devices in the home have coin batteries and what other safety measures can be taken to prevent ingestion.
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I hope you’ll consider spreading the word and sharing this infographic to help keep kids safe.
Be aware of where these batteries may be and that your child could potentially access them. It has made me look our child-proofing in a whole new way.
Some quick ideas for how to ensure batteries are safely stored;
1) Keep battery supply in a basket or box on a high shelf or in a closet. Be sure it is not accessible to kids.
2) Tape backs to remote controls, watches and other small devices.
3) Think of every place these batteries could be and take steps to secure them. I leave our scale out in the bathroom, but it has an easy-access lithium battery, I now store it in the closet.
4) Be aware of toys, cards, balloons that sing/play music. I recently realized that a singing balloon given to my daughters had a lithium battery inside. Know what your child has access to.
5) Use locks on cabinets, drawers and closets so that items that are stored aware are not accessible.
What do you do to ensure safety with batteries around your home?