I just learned something! September 1-7 is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week. I found out when Energizer shared some interesting information with me regarding coin lithium batteries. Were you aware that if a child swallows one of these they can suffer serious chemical burns within two hours? Energizer found in a survey they conducted that 62% of parents were not aware of this. Wow!
Now, I took the Energizer Challenge. I received two different packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries along with a package from a competitor. I set a stop watch and proceed to remove a battery from the competitors package in 26 seconds. That was just using my hands. I am also thinking if a child bite or chewed on the cardboard, they might even get it out faster. Next I tried a package from Energizer. Since I felt defeated at 55 seconds, after bending, twisting and even biting the package, I finally decided to poke it once with a pen. That was at 55 seconds. It still took me until 1 minute 28 seconds had passed to totally remove the battery after puncturing the package once with a pen. I am impressed. Yes, with scissors, I would be able to open the package easily, but this was to show how hard it is for a child to open. Just so everyone knows, I am the one who tried to open the packages, I did not allow a child to try. Also, once I opened and removed one battery, I could not remove another one without first puncturing the package or using scissors, as each battery is sealed individually in the package. This is a good safety factor, because your child will not be able to get to the other batteries, even though one has been removed.
|Competitor's Battery package opened in 26 seconds.|
Here are some tips Energizer gave me to share with my neighbors here At the Fence.
The 4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety
· STORE devices that use coin lithium batteries out of reach of children
· SECURE the battery compartments of devices
· SELECT battery packaging that meets federal guidelines for child resistance, such as Energizer’s coin lithium battery packaging
· SHARE this information with your friends and family
Energizer led the industry by being the first to voluntarily develop packaging for its 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging. They also developed a national awareness campaign in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide called The Battery Controlled, which works to alert parents and caregivers to the dangers of swallowing coin lithium batteries. Identifying ways its products can help keep families safe is part of the Energizer commitment to designing its products with people in mind and investing in programs that have a positive impact on the world. that’s positivenergy™
If a child should ingest a a coin lithium battery, you should immediately get them to an emergency room and medical help. Do not hesitate if you suspect the child might have swallowed one.
I received the packages of batteries from Energizer along with a great little 2 in 1 flashlight and a "Cars" nightlight. The flashlight can be used as a small lantern or a flashlight. I also received a Target GC to shop for some other safety supplies for our home. You know, latches for cabinets and drawers, outlet covers and plugs, corner guards, or even a child safety gate. My shopping trip will be next week!
Not only is Energizer providing me with the opportunity to share this information with you, they are also allowing me to giveaway a prize package to one of my neighbors. The package will include:
- Two (2) packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries
- One (1) Energizer LED Nightlight (winner’s choice between Sleeping Beauty or Cars)
- One (1) Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 LED Light
Background on CPSC Child-Resistant Packaging
The CPSC imposes strict guidelines to determine if a packaging qualifies as effectively child-resistant. The packaging is tested with groups of children ages 42-51 months and also with senior adults ages 50-70. For a package to be child-resistant, a total of 80% of the children tested must not open the package in a full 10 minutes of testing. To make sure that adults are able to use a child-resistant package properly, 90% of adults tested have up to five minutes, and then another minute in a second test, to open and close the package (if applicable) so that it is child-resistant again.
Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did receive product for review purposes. All quotes in red are taken directly from the sponsor's website or email. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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