Be care­ful with but­ton bat­ter­ies

Kapi-Mana News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

They power our watches, hear­ing aids, singing greet­ing cards, keys and lots of other gad­gets we en­joy us­ing. But but­ton bat­ter­ies can be deadly if swal­lowed. Keep them away from chil­dren and be aware that the el­derly have mis­taken them for pills. What are but­ton bat­ter­ies? They are coin-sized bat­ter­ies used to power cal­cu­la­tors, hear­ing aids, watches, singing Christ­mas cards, bath­room scales and many other de­vices we use ev­ery day.

They are of­ten sold cheaply in plas­tic packs that con­tain a large num­ber of bat­ter­ies, which leaves plenty of spares in the opened pack if you need only one. Why can they be danger­ous? When a but­ton bat­tery comes into con­tact with bod­ily flu­ids, it cre­ates an elec­tri­cal cur­rent. That hap­pens even with flat bat­ter­ies. The cur­rent burns sur­round­ing body tis­sue and can se­ri­ously dam­age in­ter­nal or­gans in as lit­tle as two hours.

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