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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