Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Battery Controlled

I apologize for the serious tone of today's post, but received an email with information I wanted to share.  It made me realize how many of these products I have in my home and that I need to pay more attention to them.  I am definitely guilty of letting L play with my keys and remotes.  Please pass along this post to raise awareness on the issue. 

Electronic devices are a part of daily life. And they’re getting smaller, slimmer and sleeker. But inside the battery compartment of mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles, singing greeting cards and other electronics, is a very powerful coin-sized button battery. When swallowed, these batteries can get stuck in the throat and cause severe burns in as few as two hours. Small children often have easy access to these devices, parents often don’t know about the risk and little ones can’t always communicate with adults

The Battery Controlled is a partnership to raise awareness about the severity of the issue and share information with parents, caregivers and the medical community.

Launched by Energizer and Safe Kids USA, this effort is committed to helping parents prevent children from swallowing coin-sized button batteries. There are three main points we hope you’ll share with your readers:

1. Keep out of reach. Devices with coin lithium button batteries have no place in unsupervised hands or toy boxes.
2. Get help fast. Life-threatening damage can happen in as few as 2 hours.
3. Tell others.
·         Start by taking The Pledge today.
·         Tweet @BatteryControl:
o   Sample Tweet 1 – PSA: Energizer raising awareness about button batteries. Serious injuries for small kids. Learn more www.thebatterycontrolled.com
o   Sample Tweet 2 – Plz be careful. Small kids swallowing button batteries. Injuries & deaths reported. www.thebatterycontrolled.com #batterycontrol
·         Share the facts or this compelling video with your friends on Facebook (Email subscribers, click here to watch the video).

Time magazine published an article on this issue in September.  Click here to read.

The winner of the photo contest will be announced this evening.  "Polls" close at 6pm today.

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