Button Batteries-Small Dangers
It's the beginning of a new year and many people may be putting batteries in new Christmas items or switching out old batteries. Small disc batteries (as seen above), also referred to as "button" or "coin" batteries, can be a danger to all ages.
Button batteries are used to power hearing aids, watches, toys, games, remote controls, and many other items. If swallowed, button batteries can cause severe injury or death.
The West Virginia Poison Center offers these tips to help prevent a battery from being swallowed.
- Keep batteries in original packaging until ready for use.
- Do not allow small children to play with or have access to button batteries.
- Ensure children's toys have a secured compartment for batteries (such as a compartment that requires a screw driver to open).
- Keep all adult products containing accessible batteries away and out of reach of children.
- Discard button batteries in containers small children do not have access to. Dead batteries can still cause injury.
- If ingestion of a battery occurs, immediately call the West Virginia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Do not wait for symptoms to appear.