In the last 10 months, two children have died after swallowing a button battery. Many more have suffered life-changing injuries.
Doctors are increasingly concerned. But far too many families simply don’t know, either about button battery dangers or the wide range of products powered by button batteries in our homes.
That’s why we’re offering free resources to help spread the word.
If you’re a parent or parent-to-be, download and share our fact sheet which explains why button batteries are so dangerous.
Our advice hub tells you more about the dangers and where you can find button batteries in your home, offers practical safety tips and advises what to do in an emergency.
If you work with families, we can help you create a talking point, run an engaging workshop and provide essential advice. Our free printed resources and downloads include:
- Display poster – illustrated house showing products with button batteries in every room and asking the question “Button batteries – where are yours?”.
- Dual-purpose flashcard and session plan – with a visual aid, workshop outline and safety facts and tips to share.
- Flyer – explains the risks, offers essential safety tips and advises what to do if parents suspect their child has swallowed a battery. Available in both English and Welsh.
- Translated fact sheets – essential information about the risks, where to look for button batteries and what to do in an emergency. Translated into 17 languages.
Order your free printed copies here
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The threat to children
Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust says:
“A button battery, particularly a big, powerful lithium coin cell battery, can kill a young child in under two hours if it gets stuck in their food pipe. If the child survives, the injuries can be life-changing.
“Crawling babies up to preschoolers are at most risk. But most parents don’t know about the dangers. Please use our free resources to get the word out and prevent more tragedies.”
It’s thanks to the generosity of the Office for Product Safety and Standards that we can offer free printed resources.
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