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Dangers associated with button batteries

18 November 2016

As Christmas approaches, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is warning residents of the dangers associated with button batteries.

If accidently swallowed, the small batteries which are found in toys and gadgets, aren’t only a choking hazard, but can also cause serious bodily harm.  Energy from the battery can make the body create caustic soda.  This may burn a hole through the gullet and other internal tissues.

Karen Allen, Principal Environmental Health Officer for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council commented; “Button batteries are used in a wide range of toys, gadgets and other everyday objects such as car key fobs, calculators, hearing aids, digital scales, remote controls and watches.  The number items in the home containing button batteries are likely to increase over the festive period.  Everyone should be extra vigilant with musical cards, flameless candles and novelty toys. If a child does swallow a button battery, seek medical advice immediately.”

Tips to keep children safe:

• Keep products with batteries out of reach if the battery compartment isn’t secured with a screw.
• Keep spare batteries out of children’s reach in a high, lockable cupboard.
• Teach older children that button batteries are dangerous.
• Remember that even used batteries can be dangerous, so recycle them safely.
For more information contact Environmental Health T. 028 9034 0160 or E: [email protected]