Button Battery Safety Awareness

Button Battery Safety Awareness

Children’s emergency room visits related to swallowed batteries have risen an astounding 113 percent over the past 20 years, with a child under age 18 arriving at an ER every 90 minutes.

Button batteries are dangerous to kids and adults, especially toddlers, and cause severe injuries when swallowed.

  • The coin-sized batteries children swallow come from many devices, most often mini remote controls. Other places you may them are: singing greeting cards, watches, bathroom scales, and flameless candles.
  • It takes as little as two hours to cause severe burns once a coin-sized lithium battery has been s wallowed.
  • Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed.
  • Kids can still breathe with the coin lithium battery in their throat. It may not be obvious at first that something is wrong.
  • Repairing the damage is painful and can require multiple surgeries.
  • The batteries can become lodged in the throat, burning the esophagus.
  • In 2011 alone, more than 3,400 swallowing cases were reported in the U.S. 19 children sustained life-threatening or debilitating injuries and others died!
  • Never leave batteries sitting out. Store spare batteries, and batteries to be recycled, out of sight and reach of young children. If recycling is not possible, wrap used batteries securely and discard them where a child can’t find them.
  • Check all household devices to be certain the battery compartment is secured shut. Use strong tape to secure compartments that children can open or that might pop open if the device is dropped. Only purchase products that require a screwdriver or tool to open the battery compartment, or that are closed with a child-resistant locking mechanism. Batteries are everywhere.

o Check:

  • remote controls
  • garage door openers
  • keyless entry fobs
  • bathroom scales
  • parking transponders
  • toys
  • cameras
  • watches
  • PDAs
  • calculators
  • digital thermometers
  • hearing aids
  • singing greeting cards
  • talking books
  • portable stereos
  • handheld video games
  • cell phones
  • home medical equipment/meters
  • flash and pen lights
  • flashing shoes
  • toothbrushes, bedwetting monitors
  • key chains
  • flashing or lighted jewelry or attire
  • any household item that is powered!
  • Be especially cautious with any product that contains a battery that is as big as a penny or larger.
  • The 20 mm diameter lithium cell is one of the most serious problems when swallowed.
  • These problem cells can be recognized by their imprint (engraved numbers and letters) and often have one of these 3 codes: CR2032, CR2025, CR2016.
  • If swallowed and not removed promptly, these larger button batteries can cause death — or burn a hole through your child’s esophagus.

Don’t allow children to play with batteries or with battery powered products that have easily accessible batteries. Make sure all hearing aids for children have child-resistant battery compartments and make sure the lock is activated when the child is wearing the aid. Alert family members who wear hearing aids to the importance of keeping the batteries out of reach of small children at all times. That can be quite a burden since most hearing aid users remove the batteries from the aids each time they take the aids off. Don’t insert or change batteries in front of small children. Tips for Protecting Older Children and Adults:

· Never put batteries in your mouth, to test, to hold, or for any reason. They are slippery and easily swallowed.

· Don’t mistake batteries for pills. Don’t store batteries near pills or in pill bottles. Don’t leave them on bedside tables or place them loose in your pocket or purse. Look at every medicine you intend to swallow. Turn on the lights, put on your glasses, read the label and look at the medicine itself.
If you use a hearing aid, these steps are especially important. All too often, the tiny hearing aid batteries are ingested with or instead of medications.

· Avoid storing or leaving batteries where they might be mistaken for, or swallowed with, food.
Don’t leave batteries in drinking glasses or adjacent to nuts, candy, popcorn or other finger foods.

Top Tips for Battery Safety

  • SEARCH your home, and any place your child goes, for gadgets that may contain coin lithium batteries.
  • SECURE coin lithium battery-controlled devices out of sight and reach of children and keep loose batteries locked away.
  • SHARE this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family members and sitters.

If a Battery is Swallowed or Placed in the Ear or Nose:

Keeping these batteries out of reach and secured in devices is key, but if a child swallows a battery, parents and caregivers should follow these steps:

  • Go to the emergency room immediately. Tell doctors and nurses that your child may have swallowed a battery. If possible, provide the medical team with the identification number found on the battery’s package.
  • Do not let the child eat or drink until a chest x-ray can determine if a battery is present.
  • Do not induce vomiting.

Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 1-202-625-3333 for additional treatment information. Prompt action is critical. Don’t wait for symptoms to develop. If the battery was swallowed, don’t eat or drink until an x-ray shows the battery is beyond the esophagus. Batteries stuck in the esophagus must be removed as quickly as possible as severe damage can occur in just 2 hours. Batteries in the nose or ear also must be removed immediately to avoid permanent damage.

Electronic devices are part of daily life. It only takes a second for your toddler, child or even an adult to get hold of one and put in his mouth. Here are a few easy tips for you to follow to protect your kids from button battery-related injuries.

Safety First, Safety Always!

Information from Consumer Product Safety Commission and National Battery Hotline.

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security for Plateau


Ebola facts and awareness


With the virus Ebola in the news a lot recently and I have had a few questions about it. I wanted to share some of the Ebola virus facts and awareness. Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. The 2014 is the worst Ebola outbreak on record is currently unfolding in West Africa, and it’s been a long affair that has infected more than 1,000, killed more than 700 people, and has yet to show any signs of slowing down. Here’s the most basic facts you should know about Ebola:

Ebola spreads through close contact The disease is usually acquired when a person comes into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat. You are not likely to catch Ebola just by being in proximity with someone who has the virus; it is not airborne, like the flu or respiratory viruses such as SARS.

People with Ebola generally aren’t infectious until they’re sick Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days but usually appear in 8 to 10 days.

Ebola doesn’t change as fast as some other viruses. The virus can survive on surfaces for a long period of time, so any object contaminated with bodily fluids, like a latex glove or a hypodermic needle, may spread the disease

People can survive Ebola. But the fatality rate is very high and varies from 40-90% fatality rate for people who contract Ebola.


Because the natural reservoir of ebola viruses has not yet been proven, the manner in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, researchers have hypothesized that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal. When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways in which the virus can be transmitted to others. These include:

· direct contact with the blood or secretions of an infected person

· exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions

The viruses that cause Ebola are often spread through families and friends because they come in close contact with infectious secretions when caring for ill persons. During recent outbreak of Ebola , the disease can spread quickly within health care settings (such as a clinic or hospital). Exposure to ebola viruses can occur in health care settings where hospital staff are not wearing appropriate protective equipment, such as masks, gowns, and gloves. Proper cleaning and disposal of instruments, such as needles and syringes, is also important. If instruments are not disposable, they must be sterilized before being used again. Without adequate sterilization of the instruments, virus transmission can continue and amplify an outbreak

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus though 8-10 days is most common. Some who become sick with Ebola are able to recover, while others do not. The reasons behind this are not yet fully understood. However, it is known that patients who die usually have not developed a significant immune response to the virus at the time of death. Signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly with Ebola virus. Early signs and symptoms include:

· Fever

· Severe headache

· Joint and muscle aches

· Chills

· Weakness

Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:

· Nausea and vomiting

· Diarrhea (may be bloody)

· Red eyes

· Raised rash

· Chest pain and cough

· Stomach pain

· Severe weight loss

· Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices)

· Internal bleeding

· Multiple organ failure

· Seizures

· Coma

· Shock

One reason the viruses are so deadly is that they interfere with the immune system’s ability to mount a defense. But scientists don’t understand why some people recover from Ebola and others don’t. For people who survive, recovery is slow. It may take months to regain weight and strength, and the viruses remain in the body for weeks. People may experience:

· Hair loss

· Sensory changes

· Liver inflammation (hepatitis)

· Weakness

· Fatigue

· Headaches

· Eye inflammation

Risk of Exposure

In Africa, confirmed cases of Ebola HF have been reported in:

· Guinea

· Liberia

· Sierra Leone

· Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

· Gabon

· South Sudan

· Ivory Coast

· Uganda

· Republic of the Congo (ROC)

· South Africa (imported)

The natural reservoir host of ebola viruses, and the manner in which transmission of the virus to humans occurs, remain unknown. This makes risk assessment in endemic areas difficult. With the exception of several laboratory contamination cases (one in England and two in Russia), all cases of human illness or death have occurred in Africa; no case has been reported in the United States

What’s the cure for Ebola?

Right now, there isn’t one. Doctors typically provide supportive care to patients, which may include oxygen, blood transfusion and fluids and treating subsequent infections. All physicians can do is try to nurse people through the illness, using fluids and medicines to maintain blood pressure, and treat other infections that often strike their weakened bodies. Experimental serums are being tested, an American woman just received an experimental serum.

Could Ebola spread beyond West Africa to the United States or Europe?

Theoretically, a person infected with Ebola but experiencing no symptoms could fly outside the region. But experts say even if an infected person did arrive in the United States, the disease would be unlikely to spread. The CDC has issued an alert to doctors and hospitals across the country, urging them to ask about the travel history of any patients who present with Ebola-like symptoms. Any infected person could be quickly put in isolation.

Information provided by CDC, WHO, Mayo clinic and WebMd.

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security for Plateau


K2 Can be Lethal

No, I’m not talking about K2 the mountain, I’m talking about K2 the synthetic cannabis also known as “Spice”.

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_cannabis

“Spice” is extremely difficult to trace in the system making it hard for authorities to know how many fatalities it has caused. Spice is essentially a mix of herbs and spices which have been treated with various chemicals. It’s the chemicals which, when heated and inhaled, cause the high that spice smokers are after. The problem is that you really don’t know which chemicals and how much which means that any puff could be your final breath or, if not, which puff is going to cause irreversible harm. Spice has been associated with myocardial infarction, vomiting, hallucinations, heart palpitations, hypertension, convulsions, blurred vision, seizures and heart attacks.

Spice is readily available online and in gas stations and head shops. It isn’t illegal to have and it isn’t illegal to sell. It’s almost impossible to regulate as well because if one chemical is banned and made illegal, those who make the stuff simply add a different chemical and go right back to selling it legally.

Please share this post with your kids and teenagers and let them know that just because it isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it is okay to do.