EPBA launches awareness campaign on button battery safety

BRUSSELS, 19 December 2018 — The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) launched today an awareness campaign addressed to parents on the safe use of button batteries. EPBA developed an animated video (https://youtu.be/nwLLFJUcphw) which gives parents all the necessary information on the safe use of button and coin cells. It also highlights the steps to be taken in case a child has swallowed such a battery.

Button and coin cells are batteries specially designed to power small appliances and portable devices such as toys, watches, or medical devices. Due to their small size, there is a risk that these types of batteries are unintentionally swallowed by children.

The safe use of batteries by consumers is one of our key values as an organization” said Hans Craen, Secretary General of EPBA. He added that “incidents with small size batteries (button/coin cells) being swallowed by children continue to occur and can pose, much like other small objects, a serious risk to their health. With the holiday season approaching, this animated video wants to draw the attention to parents on the potential risk of using these button or coin cells when they are easily accessible by their children.”

The video focuses on highlighting the context in which children might swallow a battery. It draws the attention to the particular cases of coin cells which are 16 mm in diameter or larger and of a Lithium based technology.

The EPBA will continue to focus on stressing the safe use of batteries and, in order to achieve this, will liaise with other stakeholders and government bodies on national, European and International level.

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About EPBA

The European Portable Battery Association is the authoritative voice of the portable power industry. It supports the common interests of its members regarding portable batteries and battery chargers with European institutions and other leading international bodies to provide consumers with complete power solutions which are sustainable across their life-cycle.

For more information contact:

Claire Couet

EPBA

+32 2 761 16 02

epba@kelleneurope.com