We use electronic devices every day without giving them a second thought. However, did you know that there is a hidden danger inside many of these devices that poses a serious risk for children?
Powerful coin-sized button batteries are found in many common household devices such as remote controls, watches, keyless entry car remotes, flameless candles, calculators, singing greeting cards and other electronic devices. Children often have easy access to these devices and many parents/carers are unaware of the dangers as many devices come with the batteries already installed.
When swallowed, these button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns and long term damage to their airways.
In Australia, around 20 children a week present to an emergency department with a button battery related injury. Children under the age of 5 years are at the greatest risk.
To prevent button battery related death and injury:
- Look in your home for any items that may contain coin-sized button batteries.
- Place devices out of sight and out of reach of children.
- Keep loose or spare batteries locked away.
The Battery Controlled Campaign
The Battery Controlled Campaign is a partnership to raise awareness about the severity of this issue and share information with parents, caregivers and the medical community. Launched in Australia by Energizer, Kidsafe and the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission), this effort is committed to helping parents prevent children from swallowing coin-sized button batteries.
To find out more about the campaign, please visit http://thebatterycontrolled.com.au/.