Have you noticed how children are really attracted to shiny things, button batteries are shiny aren’t they?
On average, at least one child under 5 gets admitted to an A&E department in the UK each week because either the child has swallowed a button battery or the parents suspect they may have swallowed one.
We are in an age where most everyday gadgets have batteries in them like cars have electronic keyfobs, our watches have batteries in them, and your card reader for your bank account has button batteries too.
The majority of our everyday electronic gadgets have screw-down battery compartments or they are hidden behind a slide-out panel so where is the problem you are probably thinking?
Parents change the batteries and forget to discard them straight away and leave them somewhere where a child can find them such as on a worktop, or table or the child may have a cheap toy that is not covered by child toy safety regulations. These cheap toys rarely have a sealed battery compartment and the batteries fall out.
Apparently, from various sources that trading standards departments are in a constant battle to get these toys removed from sale and destroyed, recently as a test I bought a calculator from the internet and the battery was easily accessible.