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    Lithium Coin Cell Battery Safety


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    Facts

    • There are approximately 500 cases of Lithium Coin Cells being swallowed each year
        • 49% ingested batteries were removed from a device
        • 42% were left sitting loose or in the trash
        • Only 6% were removed from the battery and packaging

    Hazards

    • The direct risk is tissue damage from battery corrosion reactions
    • Lithium coin cells can cause serious injury or death if swallowed
        • This can become serious if the swallowing goes unnoticed and the battery sits in the body for a period of time
        • When lithium cells are swallowed they can cause burning and damage to the esophagus

    Prevention

    • It is important to keep lithium batteries out of reach of children to prevent ingestion
    • Keep coin cell batteries out of sight
    • Be aware of what devices in your home take lithium cell batteries and secure the battery compartments
    • Rayovac is working with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) (www.nema.org) by:
        • Providing battery usage guides
        • Increasing consumer safety information
        • Working towards making batteries safer incase of accidental indigestion
        • Making information available to all followers of the Rayovac Facebook page

    Treatment

    • Go to the emergency room before taking any actions of your own
    • Call poison control (202) 265-3333
    • Contact the National Capital Poison Center Hotline
        • www.poison.org
        • Rayovac is an active participant and supporter of this hotline