Button batteries are shiny, after all. Did you know that, on average, one child under the age of 5 is admitted to a hospital in the UK every week due to the child having swallowed a button battery or the parents suspecting that the child may have done so?
Since most of our daily electronic devices have either screw-down battery compartments or are hidden behind slide-out panels, you may be wondering, “Where is the problem?”
One common scenario is that parents replace their batteries, forget to put them out of a child’s way, and leave them lying around on a table or worktop.
Alternatively, the child may have an inexpensive toy from a market that is not covered by child toy safety regulations and whose batteries fall out.
Trading standards departments reportedly struggle hard to get these toys removed from market stalls and internet shops and destroyed. As an example, I recently purchased a calculator from an online retailer, and the battery was easily accessible.