Every year hundreds of lithium coin batteries are accidentally ingested, with more than half being swallowed by children under age 6*. As devices such as remotes, games, and key fobs get smaller, more are lithium coin batteries are needed.
Left untreated, an ingested lithium coin battery can cause a harmful chemical reaction in as little as two hours. If you believe your child swallowed a battery, visit the emergency room immediately.
*NBIH Biennial Report (Jul 2014 – Jun 2016), Washington DC
Duracell takes battery safety very seriously and is continuously working to update precautions and safety standards to help prevent accidental ingestions. As the #1 trusted battery brand, Duracell provides more safety features than other brands.
The latest safety innovation added to our lithium coin batteries (2032, 2025, and 2016 sizes) is a bitter coating on the back side of the cell. If a child puts a lithium coin battery in their mouth, the bitter coating will immediately react with saliva to release a bitter taste which will discourage swallowing.
We make our packaging difficult to open for a reason. The double blister design requires scissors—and determination—to remove the battery.
Every lithium coin battery package is clearly marked with a safety warning.
The positive side of the battery offers an additional safety warning.
There are simple things you can do to help prevent your child from coming in to contact with a lithium coin battery.
Coin batteries are commonly used in devices all over your home:
Keep these devices out of reach and out of sight. Supervise your children if they come into contact with them.
Kids are curious. Even if you keep your devices away from your children, they might find them and get access to the batteries. A piece of duct tape or other tools can help secure battery compartments.
If you’ve got spare batteries, be sure to keep them secured and away from your children in a drawer, cupboard, or any other space that can be locked.