~I received a complimentary prize pack from Energizer in order to facilitate this review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
This past week has been National Childhood Injury Prevention Week (Sept 1st – 7th). A week where we should be looking at our homes and making sure we are keeping dangerous objects put away, outlets are all covered, heavy dressers, heavy furniture objects than can be pulled are bolted and much more. But there is everyday item that I don’t think many of us consider due to the fact that it is practically in every child’s toy – batteries. This week the National Safety Council and Energizer have teamed up to share some important tips every one of us should know in order to help prevent injuries from the ingestion of Coin Lithium batteries.
Here is a very easy way to remember. 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
To share with me (and our readers) the difference between other Lithium battery packs and Energizer’s industry leading child-resistant packaging, they had sent me two packages: their competitors and their own. Energizer’s Lithium Battery packaging is the first to meet Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) guidelines. This is how it is tested:
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.
So I was up for the challenge!
It wasn’t much of a challenge at all to get into the competitors package and took me less than 30 seconds to rip through the back paper packaging to get to the batteries. They had a warning label, but that doesn’t do much good for little ones who can’t read.
Energizer’s packaging on the other hand was completely impossible. They not only have plastic that is completely sealed around the outside, but also sealed around the batteries. There was literally no way to get into the package without scissors. Plus, they had the warning all over the package in writing and in photos.
Needless to say, your child should not be able to get into a battery package that easily. If it is suspected that a child has swallowed a coin lithium battery, it is important to go to the emergency department immediately. For more information on child safety and coin lithium battery safety, please visit the National Safety Council, Energizer, The Battery Controlled and Poison.
Please remember that although batteries do go inside our children’s toys, they aren’t toys themselves and should be put away out of reach of children. Have a safe weekend!
Winner of Energizer Pack: #168 Colleen M.