Guidance for the safe use of Button & Coin Cells

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We’re beginning to expect things to get smaller and more portable, as technology advances. This means the batteries powering them have to get smaller too. Button and coin cells are are becoming more popular in everyday devices. You can find them in a number of household appliances such as: watches, remote controls, hearing aids, car keys and even birthday cards. Toys too, are starting to use more button and coin cells instead of the usual AAA’s, AA’s C’s and D’s.

Unfortunately accidents involving these cells continue to occur around the world. The size of these cells means they are susceptible to unintentionally being ingested by children. Just like any small object, small batteries pose a serious risk to their health. The European Portable Battery Association have released the following information to help reduce the risk associated with batteries and advice on what to do, if the worst occurs.

Practical tips for parents to limit the risks of battery ingestion by children:

What to do when your child has ingested a button/coin cell:


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