How to Safely Dispose of Your Button Battery
The Button Battery is a small, cylindrical battery that is commonly used in watches and other electronic devices. It is shaped like a button and typically measures from five to 25 millimeters in diameter and one to six millimeters in height. The most common types are Lithium-based button batteries and coin batteries. Here’s how to safely dispose of your button battery. You can also read about its warning signs and how to handle Lithium-containing button batteries.
Disposal of button batteries
There are approximately 67 million button batteries in Australian households, and they should be disposed of responsibly. However, batteries can be hazardous, toxic, flammable, and corrosive. As such, disposing of button batteries safely is vital to protect our environment. The Battery Stewardship Council is an advocacy group for responsible battery disposal. It supports ACCC safety regulations and develops safe drop-off points throughout the country. Jo Wallace, the owner of a toy store in north Brisbane, has already removed five products from her shelves. Since then, more than 100 items have been recalled from large retailers.
Buttons batteries are very toxic. The danger is greatest when the batteries are “flat”. These batteries may not power a device, but they still have enough energy to cause a chemical reaction. Summer’s mother, Andrea Shoesmith, doesn’t know where Summer picked it up. Since her daughter died from a button battery nine years ago, she has been fighting for safer battery disposal. Today, a battery disposal program in Canberra has been implemented and she is proud to support the cause.
There are several risks involved with the accidental ingestion of button batteries. Children may mistake them for sweets or pills. While button batteries are safer than singe-use batteries, they can still be harmful if not properly disposed of. In addition to disposing of batteries properly, button batteries are commonly used in toys, cameras, and hearing aids. Because they are so small, children can easily swallow them. If they swallow them, emergency treatment is required immediately.
Symptoms of ingested button battery
Most cases of button battery ingestion are not noticed until after the patient has been treated. In some cases, battery lodges in the esophagus for more than two hours before passing into the stomach. To exclude esophageal injury, doctors may perform a diagnostic endoscopy. In such cases, parents should seek medical advice about removal of the battery. The treatment of ingested button batteries is dependent on the severity of the symptoms.
The most serious symptoms of ingested button batteries include esophageal burns and damage to nearby structures, including the windpipe and lungs. In a third patient, the size of the button battery was about 15 mm. A patient’s condition deteriorated further the following day, and mediastinitis was suspected. A second endoscopy revealed a pinpoint stenosis in the esophagus, which caused persistent feeding difficulties.
In rare instances, a child may put a button battery up his/her nose or into his/her ears. This is particularly dangerous in small children and elderly people. The battery may also lodge in the eardrum, which can cause pain and discharge. Further, the child may develop severe lye burns, which can lead to infection or permanent disability. So, parents should seek medical help as soon as they notice these symptoms.
Treatment of ingested button battery
Despite the growing body of literature, treatment of ingested button batteries remains a difficult challenge for pediatricians. These batteries have a high mortality and are a dangerous source of energy. A recent literature review assessed the diagnostic and treatment challenges of these batteries. In children, the voltage of the batteries may exceed 3 volts and the size may be over 1.5 cm. Several factors may increase the risk of injury.
Symptoms and diagnosis of ingested button batteries differ. Patients with stools containing blood should undergo x-ray evaluation. Although x-rays are an accurate estimation of the size of the battery, they tend to overestimate the actual diameter. However, doctors can still attempt removal by endoscopic methods if the symptoms persist or if they become severe. In rare cases, patients may require surgery.
Ingestion of a button battery should be treated quickly, as there is a risk of esophageal burns. The battery may damage nearby structures, including the windpipe and the lungs. It may cause bleeding that may result in serious infections and permanent disability. In addition, x-rays will determine the cause of the injury. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, since lithium coin batteries may cause delayed complications.
Lithium-containing button batteries
Buttons, coin cells, and other battery chemistries are all affected by the lithium in them. If you use one of them in another type, it can react with the lithium in the other. This could lead to an overcharge and a fire. To keep lithium batteries and button batteries separated, place them in different containers. When you discard them, tape them together so that they won’t be mixed. Also, remember to dispose them safely.
Symptoms of ingestion of button batteries include coughing, sore throat, chest pain, and nosebleed. However, doctors never suspected button battery ingestion, and they instead treated the symptoms as being caused by food poisoning or a virus. Sadly, Brittney died as a result. The ACCC recently launched a safety campaign urging people to be aware of the dangers of button batteries. For more information, visit the Queensland Government’s website.
Fortunately, the ACCC has set up a Button Battery Taskforce. They will look into safety and regulatory options, including a mandatory standard. If a product fails to meet these safety standards, consumers can report it to the ACCC. In the meantime, they can visit Product Safety Australia to find out which button batteries have been recalled. You can also check the ACCC’s website for more information. The ACCC will announce its findings by the end of 2020.
Mercuric oxide button cells
A typical roentgenogram will show a split button cell. Its chemical system is mercuric oxide. A split button cell should be disposed of or removed through purging. Heavy metal concentrations should also be determined. Mercuric oxide button cells were banned in the United States in 1996, thanks to the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act. Today, button batteries are manufactured in the United States without any risk of mercury toxicity.
If an x-ray shows a “hung-up” button cell, surgery is the most appropriate treatment. When the battery is more than twenty millimeters in diameter, surgical removal is indicated. In addition, metoclopramide and cimetidine may be used to reduce acid-induced corrosion and speed gastric transit. Surgical removal is only appropriate for large button cells. A recent study published in the Annals of Surgery warned that many doctors were not aware of the risks associated with button batteries.
The 1991 Directive was amended in 1998 to incorporate technological progress. This new Directive further decreased the allowable amounts of heavy metals and prohibited the marketing of button cells and accumulators containing mercury. The new Directive also requires that ninety percent of batteries, accumulators, and other types of portable devices are reprocessed. The recycling target is ninety percent within three years of coming into force. If you need a new button cell battery, make sure to recycle it properly.
In June 2014, the OECD and other stakeholders held the first-ever “International Awareness Week on Button Battery Safety.” The aim of this campaign was to raise consumer awareness of the safety risks associated with button batteries, and promote appropriate precautions. However, while button batteries are found in many household products, most consumers are not aware of the safety risks. Listed below are a few of the most common risks associated with them.
Childproofing: To prevent children from swallowing a button battery, you should ensure that the compartment is locked and encased in sticky tape. You should never remove the battery from a child-resistant compartment, and should dispose of it properly outdoors, in a container that is not easily accessible to young children. As with all battery-powered devices, prompt action is crucial. Make sure that your child doesn’t have access to batteries.
When used incorrectly, button batteries can be deadly. A coin-sized button battery can lodge in a child’s oesophagus. Saliva and body fluid containing button batteries will trigger the electrical current. The result is a chemical reaction that can cause severe burns to the throat and internal organs. A child can become severely injured in less than two hours if he or she eats a button battery. Even if the battery is flat, the chemical reaction can be harmful.
Recalls of button batteries
As more parents become aware of the risks of using button batteries, lawmakers are introducing legislation to increase product safety. Among the steps that the government is taking are creating stricter safety standards and encouraging consumers to report unsafe products. Jo Wallace, the owner of a toy store in Brisbane’s north, has already removed five products from her shelves. But the dangers of using button batteries are not limited to toys. Several common household items also contain button batteries.
Buttons have long been a potential source of serious injury and even death. Children’s products with button batteries are incredibly dangerous and should be kept out of reach. There have been numerous reports of young children swallowing them and experiencing severe burns within minutes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling for a mandatory warning for the batteries and is urging the industry to create safe standards. As a result, the agency has launched a campaign to educate parents about the dangers of button batteries.
In addition to toys, button batteries are found in many common household items. For example, button batteries are used in remote controls, calculators, alarm clocks, flashlights, hearing aids, flameless candles, singing books, greeting cards, and more. However, many of these items are not designed to be easily accessible by children. Some have even been mistaken for food and pills by older consumers. As a result, the ACCC has developed regulations to prevent a potential safety hazard.