Until recently I didn’t realize how dangerous Coin Lithium batteries can be. It really is a danger us parents need to know about.
“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.”
“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.”
· 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
I decided to take the challenge and see how Energizer packaging for coin lithium batteries compared to a competitor pack of the same batteries.
I started with the competitor brand. The back of the package is just thick paper with a plastic cover on the front.
I simply bent the package in half and viola! batteries were accessible. It has a pre-cut line making it so simple. It was way too easy.
I also turned over the package and it was very easy to pull up on the plastic covering and get to the batteries that way as well. I was actually shocked at just how simple it is to open. There is no child proofing at all! This is disturbing to me as a mother. Now I believe we should keep things like this out of reach but what if somehow they came in contact with it. It is just too easy to open!
Next, it was time to see if Energizer’s packaging really held up to the same test. The package is all made out of plastic with no way to tear into it or open it with my hands.
It wasn’t going to happen. I could not access the batteries with my hands. The plastic is really strong. Finally I broke out the scissors and with the scissors it was a snap. I was so happy to see that Energizer has made it impossible for a young child to open the package (but still easy for an adult).
“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. They also developed a national awareness campaign in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide called The Battery Controlled, which works to alert parents and caregivers to the dangers of swallowing coin lithium batteries. 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™ ”
It comforts me to know Energizer is taking the necessary precautions to keep children safe. For more information on Energizer batteries visit www.Energizer.com.
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I received products and a gift card from Energizer for this post, all opinions are my own. Prize pack provided by Energizer.
*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.
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.