VIP: VERY IMPORTANT POST – Take Precautions with Coin Lithium Batteries (US Giveaway Ends 10/26)

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I’m amazed that I have never heard a peep about this dangerous issue!  If a child swallows a Coin Lithium Battery (and they are in so many things these days!), the child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.  Most things children swallow will pass without problem, through their system.  Coin Lithium batteries however, can become lodged in their esophagus and cause severe chemical burns.  When a battery gets stuck in a child’s throat, the saliva triggers an electrical current.  This triggers the chemical reaction that causes burns.  Even more frightening, once the chemical reaction begins, it can continue even after the battery is removed.  Repairing the damage caused by a Coin Lithium battery can require multiple surgeries and tubes for breathing and feeding.

Energizer Coin Lithium Battery Danger Infographic 1

I’m not alone in my ignorance.  In a survey conducted by Energizer, 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.  Every parent, no every one who is ever with children, should know how to prevent injuries from the ingestion of Coin Lithium batteries.

Energizer Coin Lithium Battery

Energizer is conducting a public service campaign called The Battery Controlled to spread the word about things you can do to minimize the risk and protect families. They are working in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide.

The 4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety

·         STORE devices that use coin lithium batteries out of reach of children

·         SECURE the battery compartments of devices

·         SELECT battery packaging that meets federal guidelines for child resistance, such as Energizer’s coin lithium battery packaging

·         SHARE this information with your friends and family

Energizer led the industry by being the first to voluntarily develop packaging for its 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging.  Identifying ways its products can help keep families safe is part of the Energizer commitment to designing its products with people in mind and investing in programs that have a positive impact on the world. that’s positivenergy™

Energizer Coin Lithium Battery Warning on Button with text

If it is suspected that a child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, it is important to go to the emergency department immediately. For more information on child safety and coin lithium battery safety, please visit nsc.org, www.energizer.com, TheBatteryControlled.com and www.poison.org/battery. 

The Test

Energizer sent me a package of their batteries that they contain in child resistant packaging and a competitor’s.  It took me under a minute to open the competitor’s which was basically a plastic front and paper back.  I tried and my husband tried for over 10 minutes to open the Energizer with no success (and no scissors).  A huge difference.  The difference I want when I picture a child trying to open and potentially swallow one of these batteries.

Energizer vs Competition Collage

Giveaway

Energizer is sponsoring a giveaway!  One lucky reader is going to win:

  • Two (2) packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries
  • One (1) Energizer LED Nightlight (winner’s choice between Sleeping Beauty or Cars)
  • One (1) Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 LED Light

To enter, leave a comment below answering one of these questions.  You can enter up to six times – one comment for each question (hint:  all the answers are in the post above) and one for taking this pledge.  “I pledge to tell at least one other parent about the precautions we should take with coin lithium batteries.”  Just leave a comment telling me you pledge.

I’m always doing a happy dance when I get new followers, buttons to follow are at the top right of the page.  Also, please follow Energizer(links below) to thank them for the giveaway, but neither is required for this one.

Q1:  How long does it take for tissue damage to a child who swallowed a coin lithium battery?

Q2:  What triggers an electrical current that results in chemical burns in the throat?

Q3:  In the survey conducted by Energizer what percentage of parents were unaware of the dangers of coin lithium batteries?

Q4:  How long did it take me to open a competitor’s package of batteries?  How long for the Energizer?

Q5:  What should you do if you suspect someone has swallowed a coin lithium battery?

Energizer Coin Lithium Battery Danger Infographic 2

To learn more and follow Energizer:

Energizer Website

Energizer on Facebook

Energizer on Twitter

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I was compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.

Comments

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    I pledge

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    A1- in little to two hours

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    A3- the saliva

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    A3- 62%

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    A4- under a minute, 10 minutes

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    A5- go to the emergency department immediately.

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    Linda Kish says:

    A2-Saliva triggers an electrical current.

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    Tissue damage can occur in as little as 2 hours

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    tissue damage can occur in as little as 2 hours

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    I pledge!
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    A1: A child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.
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    A2: The saliva triggers an electrical current.
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    A3: 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.
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    A4: Took under a minute to open competitors package and over 10 minutes for Energizer!
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    A5: In case of suspected ingestion, go to the emergency department immediately!
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    mrsshukra says:

    I pledge!

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    mrsshukra says:

    Answer to question 1: A child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.

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    mrsshukra says:

    Answer to question 2: The saliva triggers an electrical current.

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    Alexandra O. says:

    I am not entering I would like to thank you for this post. I had never considered this. My 14 month old gets into everything. Thank You very much for this post!!!

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    mrsshukra says:

    Answer to question 3: 62 % of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.

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    mrsshukra says:

    Answer to question 4: To open competitor’s: under 1 minute. To open the Energizer: over 10 minutes.

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    mrsshukra says:

    Answer to question 5: Go to the emergency dept. ASAP!

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    I pledge.

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    1. In as litle as 2 hours

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    2. The saliva

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    3. 62%

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    4. under a minute – 10 minutes

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    5. go to the emergency department immediately

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    Q1: Tissue damage can occur in as little as 2 hours!
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    Q2: Saliva is what triggers the electrical shock
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    Q3: 62% of parents were unaware (including me!)
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    Q4: Comp brand ~ under a minute Energizer ~ 10 minutes
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    Q5: Go to the ER! immediately!
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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    I pledge

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    Q1 two hours

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    Q2 saliva

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    Q3 62%

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    Q4 To open competitor’s: under 1 minute. To open the Energizer: over 10 minutes

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    Vicki Wurgler says:

    Q5 go to the emergency room

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    Pauline Milner says:

    Tissue damage can occur in as little as two hours. Thanks for the great information and the giveaway. I am a regular visitor to your blog. Keep up the terrific blogging.

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    Pauline Milner says:

    Saliva triggers the electrical current.

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    Pauline Milner says:

    Sixty two percent of parents were unaware of the dangers.

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    Pauline Milner says:

    It took you under a minute to open the competitor’s package and more than ten minutes to open the child proof Energizer package.

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    Pauline Milner says:

    If ingestion is suspected, you should proceed immediately to the emergency room.

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    Anne Lehnick says:

    I pledge to tell at least one other parent about the precautions we should take with coin lithium batteries.

  47. 48
    Anne Lehnick says:

    Q1: How long does it take for tissue damage to a child who swallowed a coin lithium battery?

    A child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.

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    Anne Lehnick says:

    Q2: What triggers an electrical current that results in chemical burns in the throat?

    Saliva triggers an electrical current that results in chemical burns in the throat.

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    Anne Lehnick says:

    Q3: In the survey conducted by Energizer what percentage of parents were unaware of the dangers of coin lithium batteries?

    In the survey conducted by Energizer, 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.

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    Anne Lehnick says:

    Q4: How long did it take me to open a competitor’s package of batteries? How long for the Energizer?

    It took you under a minute to open the competitor’s package of batteries.

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    Anne Lehnick says:

    Q5: What should you do if you suspect someone has swallowed a coin lithium battery?

    If it is suspected that a child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, it is important to go to the emergency department immediately.

    Sorry for the double posts for Q4. I thought there would be a reply sub-comment to the first entry rather than a completely separate, newly numbered comment created. I just forgot to answer the second part of the question the first time and wanted to make sure I’d answered properly. :-(

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    1. in as little as 2 hours

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    2. Saliva

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    3. 62%

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    Q1: The child can incur tissue damage in as little time as two hours.
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    Q2: The saliva
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    Q3: 62%
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    Q4: Under a minute to open the competitor’s and over 10 minutes to open the Energizer with no success.
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    Q5: Go to the emergency department immediately.
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    I pledge to tell at least one other parent about the precautions we should take with coin lithium batteries.

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    I pledge!!

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    q1 as little as 2 hours

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    Q2 Saliva triggers an electrical current that results in chemical burns in the throat

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    Q3 62 percent of parents reported being unaware

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    Q4 To open competitor’s: under 1 minute. To open the Energizer: over 10 minutes

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    Q5 Go to ER, ASAP

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    I make the pledge!
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    1 It can take 2 hours for tissue damage to occur.
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    Michelle Tucker says:

    2. The saliva triggers an electrical current.
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    Michelle Tucker says:

    3. 62% of parents were unaware of the dangers of lithium batteries.
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    Michelle Tucker says:

    4. Under a minute for the competitor and 10 minutes for energizer.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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    Michelle Tucker says:

    5. If you think your child swallowed a coin lithium battery, take them to the emergency room immediately.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

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