How many things in your home operate on a coin lithium battery? Do you have remote keyless entry on your car? Children’s picture books with sound? Do you use flameless candles? Many of these items operate on coin lithium batteries. Have you ever stopped to think what might happen if your small child were to find one of these? This thought never crossed my mind when my son was younger, but it happens. In support of National Childhood Injury Prevention Week, which was September 1-7, 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. For more information on child safety and coin lithium battery safety, please visit nsc.org, www.energizer.com, TheBatteryControlled.comand www.poison.org/battery.
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. To see just how durable the packaging is on these Energizer coin lithium battery packages is, I was sent a package, along with a competeing brands to see which package was the toughest to get into. Guess what? I couldn’t even get into the Energizer packaging by hand. It required scissors. The competing brand? I tore right into it with little effort. Just think how easy it would be for a child to do the same.
I have one Energizer prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. Included in the pack:
· 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
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends October 20, 2013 at 12 AM CST. US Only. 18+. Void where prohibited. Winner must respond within 3 days of email being sent notifying them.
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.
I was provided with the prize pack featured above as a thank you for facilitating this post. All opinions are my own.