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Sping 2014 - Battery Alert - SafeKids

Families may be alarmed to learn about a small but lethal danger found in many devices around their homes. Those little coin-sized lithium batteries that keep all the latest gadgets powered up also pose a risk to children. They are shiny and tiny, and kids are naturally curious about the items that contain them.

Common Items of Concern*

  • Remote Controls
  • Calculators
  • Watches
  • Key Fobs
  • Flameless Candles
  • Musical Cards
  • Digital Scales
  • Thermometers
  • Toys
  • Flashing Jewelry
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Hearing Aids
*This is only a sample list and is not comprehensive. Parents should check all battery operated devices and store them out of reach.

More Than a Choking Hazard

Although parents are commonly concerned about choking hazards, they may not realize that a button battery can get stuck in a child’s throat and trigger an electrical current that causes a chemical reaction and can cause severe damage.

Kids can still breathe with the coin lithium battery in their throat so it may not be obvious at first that something is wrong. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Coughing
  • Drooling
  • Throat Discomfort

Take your child to the emergency department immediately or call 911 if you think they may have swallowed something.




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