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Childhood Injury Prevention: Energizer Coin Lithium Battery Safety

When I think about all the devices in my home all too often I forget about the smallest of risks to my children.  Coin lithium batteries can be found around most homes in everyday items like remote controls, keyless entry devices for your car, flameless candles and children’s books with sound. If ingested, these coin-sized lithium batteries can cause serious chemical burns in as little as two hours.  Yet in a survey conducted by Energizer, 62 percent of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with coin lithium batteries.

energizer child-resistant packaging

In support of National Childhood Injury Prevention Week (September 1-7, 2013), the National Safety Council and Energizer have teamed up to share some important tips every parent should know to help prevent injuries from the ingestion of Coin Lithium batteries to help keep kids safe.

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

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

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.

Background on CPSC Child-Resistant Packaging

The CPSC imposes strict guidelines to determine if a packaging qualifies as effectively child-resistant. The packaging is tested with groups of children ages 42-51 months and also with senior adults ages 50-70. For a package to be child-resistant, a total of 80% of the children tested must not open the package in a full 10 minutes of testing. To make sure that adults are able to use a child-resistant package properly, 90% of adults tested have up to five minutes, and then another minute in a second test, to open and close the package (if applicable) so that it is child-resistant again.

To put the Energizer packing to the test our family was sent a prize pack with products to try out with our family.

Brooklin has a hard time with the Energizer packaging. The Energizer packaging was near impossible for her to get open but it’s easily designed for parents to open when needed with scissors. The other paper package was easy to open and she had the battery out within a few minutes.

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 

60 Comments

  1. Michelle Tucker on September 9, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    When we have small children around we make sure that small things like batteries are somewhere they can’t reach.



  2. Brittney House on September 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I keep harmful things out of reach. I do think they could open them so that’s why I have to be extra careful.



  3. Deb S on September 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    We keep things put up so I’m don’t think the kids could get them.



  4. mrsshukra on September 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143124057/



  5. Jill Myrick on September 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    We keep such packages in a locked drawer in our kitchen.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com



  6. mrsshukra on September 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143118545/



  7. Jody Sisson on September 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Extra batteries are locked in my husbands tool box so kids cant get to them and i don’t think they could get them open.



  8. mrsshukra on September 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143110833/



  9. Ann Fantom on September 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I keep our spare batteries in a cabinet out of reach of my daughter

    I don’t think my daughter could get the batteries open



  10. mrsshukra on September 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143102108/



  11. Patricia Wojnar Crowley on September 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

    We keep things like this in a container on top of the refrigerator. I’m sure they’d find a way to open the package…



  12. Jessica w on September 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

    being mindful of where they are stored and how they are disposed of for sure!



  13. Dawn Monroe on September 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I keep all that stuff in a top kitchen cabinet. It seems my grandkids can open anything.



  14. mrsshukra on September 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143095952/



  15. Cassandra Eastman on September 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    We keep anything dangerous up high where our children can’t get to it! Learned out lesson when our daughter got into the tylenol, luckily none was swallowed, so scary.



  16. Seyma Shabbir on September 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    We keep the batteries high in a toolbox/drawer above the washer machine



  17. mrsshukra on September 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143089505/



  18. christine jessamine on September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    we keep our batteries on a high shelf and make sure all the electronics have backings on tight



  19. mrsshukra on September 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143083826/



  20. Patty Broderick-White on September 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    recipe pin
    http://pinterest.com/pin/37928821835191670/



  21. Patty Broderick-White on September 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

    We have our batteries stored up high



  22. Marci on September 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    We keep everything up and out of the way.



  23. mrsshukra on September 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143076748/



  24. Denise S on September 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Our batteries are kept up high on a shelf.



  25. Jammie on September 2, 2013 at 6:31 am

    My daughter is older now, but when she was younger I had them in a drawer she couldnt reach.



  26. HilLesha on September 2, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I keep small things, especially batteries, stored away. I’ve learned to never underestimate my daughter when it comes to opening things – she has been knowing out to take the safety plugins out of the outlets for several months now. Needless to say, she keeps me very busy. 😀



  27. Amanda Hoffman on September 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    i keep them high up so my son cant get to them



  28. Mary Happymommy on September 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    We keep the batteries on a high shelf.



  29. mrsshukra on September 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143070820/



  30. Tara Liebing on August 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I just keep them out of reach and let them know how dangerous they are and to get me if the find one and I will pick it up.



  31. mrsshukra on August 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143065120/



  32. Sadie B. on August 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Our batteries are up away from the kids. I think my kids would find a way into the packaging.



  33. Pam OLeary on August 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I have always kept the batteries up high, out f reach from kids and dogs.



  34. Jennifer T. on August 31, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I keep batteries in their packaging in a big baggie in a closet. The kids don’t know that they are in there. But, I bet they could still open the package.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com



  35. Brandy W. on August 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    We store items like batteries out of reach and usually in the shed, above the fridge or in the laundry room. I don’t think the children would be able to open the packages either! But I always have scissors handy lol



  36. Julie Goetz on August 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I keep them out of my daughters reach in a closet. I don’t think she could open the packaging,



  37. Francine Anchondo on August 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    i put batteries on high shelves



  38. mrsshukra on August 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143053915/



  39. Monique Rizzo on August 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I keep everything high up on shelves.

    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com



  40. Melissa M on August 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Batteries freak me out! One of my biggest fears is my children getting a hold of one and swallowing it. My nephew stuck this kind up his nose and it burned it! Thank god they caught it in time.



  41. betty wojnar on August 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I always have all dangerous items in childproofed cubooards



  42. mrsshukra on August 28, 2013 at 11:29 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143048457/



  43. Robin Wilson on August 28, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I keep batteries, new and used, in the cabinets over the washer/dryer. I have a small niece that comes to visit and it only takes a minute or less for accidents to happen. Thank you for the giveaway.



  44. JLin on August 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    lock it up



  45. claire on August 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    We keep all of our batteries on top of our freezer in a box with a lid. I feel that they are safe up there.



  46. Tamar on August 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    We keep them in a container on a high shelf. I don’t think I could open it. I hate things that are hard to open though 🙁



  47. mrsshukra on August 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    https://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143043967/



  48. Jennifer on August 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    We keep the packages high out of reach if our kids.



  49. Kristie on August 27, 2013 at 9:25 am

    We tend to keep batteries where the kids can’t get to them and the packing is definitely near impossible for the kids.



  50. Rebecca Orr on August 27, 2013 at 7:13 am

    We put all of our batteries and other no-so-kid-friendly items in a special drawer that our 1 year old cannot reach. Our 6 year old can however reach this drawer. But he is really responsible for his age and knows not to put them in his mouth. He also knows that if he needs a new battery for something to ask for help getting them. I am sure he would be smart enough to get scissors if he did try to open this type of packaging, but there are very few circumstances in which he would be doing that on his own.



  51. Vicki Wurgler on August 27, 2013 at 5:43 am

    we have a drawer with a child lock that the boys can not get in to



  52. betty on August 27, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Our batteries have always been stored high and away. Lithium batteries are used in toys, electronics and remote control devices that are not high and safe from reach of kids. The battery cases of those toys should be screwed down to secure the battery from the often very young child using the toy. There are no absolute childproof containers; it has to come down to parents keeping the kids and pets safe.

    I like the idea of having a secure storage ‘safe’ device that all reserve batteries should be kept in. That and clear warning to parents on the packages that this particular battery has been swallowed by both pets and dogs, how dangerous that is and how legally they are responsible for safe storage and use.



  53. mrsshukra on August 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Pinned recipe

    http://pinterest.com/pin/360499145143040018/



  54. mrsshukra on August 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

    We store all batteries in our wine cellar cabinet locked and far away from the kids!



  55. latanya on August 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    we keep them high up and out of reach



  56. Shannon Baas on August 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    We keep them up as much as possible.



  57. Tara on August 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Reflectors on their back pack. And shoes. Flash lights for when out at night.



  58. Jenny on August 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    We store our batteries high in a cabinet that my little ones can’t reach



  59. Wendy McBride on August 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Keep batteries up and out of reach. I agree, they are quite masterful at opening anything.

    wendym at cableone dot net



  60. Debbie W on August 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Our batteries are stored in a very high cupboard. As far as packaging goes, I never underestimate a child.