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Button batteries – where are yours? Posted on 13 Aug 2020

Button batteries, particularly big, powerful lithium coin cell batteries, can badly hurt or kill a small child within two hours, if they get stuck in the food pipe. Know where yours are, so you can keep your children safe.

Five top tips

  • Look round your home for lithium coin cell batteries – in products as well as spare and ‘flat’ batteries.
  • Keep products well out of children’s reach if the battery compartment isn’t secured.
  • Store spare button batteries in sealed containers in a high cupboard.
  • Remember that ‘flat’ or ‘dead’ batteries still hold enough power to badly hurt a child. So put them out of children’s reach straight away and recycle them safely and as quickly as possible.
  • If you think your child has swallowed a button battery, don’t delay, take them to A&E straight away or call 999 for an ambulance. Don’t let them eat or drink and don’t make them sick.

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