Duracell, American Academy Of Pediatrics Launch Campaign Warning Parents About Danger Of Lithium Batteries – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – From key rings to toy remotes, lithium batteries are all over our house, but many parents don’t know how dangerous they can be to children.
If swallowed, the batteries can burn through a child’s esophagus in just two hours and be deadly.
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Health experts say it can cause damage that can lead to permanent disabilities around eating and swallowing.
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As families spent more time at home during the pandemic, battery-related injuries in children ages 5-9 increased by 93%, with most related to ingestion.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and battery maker Duracell have launched a campaign to educate parents. Duracell also adds a bitter coating to the batteries to discourage ingestion.
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To find Duracell lithium button battery safety checklist, click here. Visit for more safety information duracell.com/en-us/techlibrary/safety-data-sheets.