I have some very important information to share with you!
As you all know, once your child becomes of age they start receiving toys for holidays and birthdays. You know the type that grandma and grandpa always seem to pick? The kind that makes lots of noise? Of course you do. But with those comes the need for batteries— lots and lots of batteries. Thanks mom and dad. hahaa!
One thing you may have never thought about though is the safety involved in those battery packages, especially the coin lithium batteries that children’s books with sound, even flameless candles, keyless entry devices, and remote controls tend to take.
If ingested, those coin-sized lithium batteries can cause serious chemical burns in as little as two hours. Were you aware of that? A recent study conducted by Energizer found that 62% of parents reported being unaware of the risk associated with those batteries. Wow, that’s a lot of children that could potentially be injured!
Well, thanks to Energizer and the National Safety Council, I have some very valuable tips to share with all of you to help keep your children safe. Take a look and remember…
· 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 really cares about consumers and their families, leading the industry in being the first to develop packaging for their 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging.
They also developed a national awareness campaign in partnership with 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™.
That’s also caring for consumers and the community. I love it!
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?
If you suspect that your child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, take him or her to the emergency room 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 CPSC has created guidelines to determine if a package qualifies as effectively child-resistant. The item is tested with groups of children who are given 10 minutes to attempt to open the package. For a package to be child-resistant, a total of 80% of 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 5 minutes, and then another minute in a second test to open and close the package (if applicable) so that it is child-resistant again.
I got the opportunity to put some coin lithium battery packs to the test myself recently and here is what I found…
For this test I received a competitors brand of coin lithium batteries, and a few packages of the Energizer coin lithium batteries. So which one held up (if any)? Let’s find out!
The first package is the competitors brand…
Oopsy, that one didn’t take long to get into!
The backing on that package is made up of cheap paper and the front is a very thin plastic. The back is easily torn, even just by folding it so of course a child can get into that one. There’s no doubt about it.
Oh, and by the way, you can’t see it in the first test picture above (on the left hand side) but the competitor marked the package with the child-resistant logo. Umm, that is definitely mis-marked!
And now let’s check out the Energizer brand packaging…
No matter how much I folded, pulled, twisted or tried to tear it, that bad boy would not open!
This one is made of a tougher plastic material on the front AND back that, no matter what you do with it (with your hands), it’s not budging.
So which brand do you think YOU would choose when faced with these packages in your local stores? Hmm, the answer is pretty easy for me. I’m choosing Energizer for ALL of my battery purchases for sure!
Want to try opening some Energizer coin lithium packages yourself? Great, because Energizer is offering a prize pack of goodies to one lucky Bella Savvy reader. Woohoo!
2 packs of Energizer coin lithium batteries and a 2-in-1 LED light…
Plus, your choice of a Cars or Sleeping Beauty themed night light…
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