The small, round, lithium batteries, which are used to power many of the novelty toys and decorative items used over the Christmas & New Year period, can be fatal if swallowed. Parents also need to be aware that as batteries run out, the risks increase when they are replaced, as seemingly dead batteries can be just as dangerous.
One nursery-aged child from the Fylde Coast died last year just hours after swallowing one of the batteries, which can be easily mistaken for a small sweet and only needs to be swallowed, not bitten or damaged in any way, to cause severe harm.
Dr Nicky Bamford, designated doctor for safeguarding at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, has urged parents to be extremely careful so their children cannot get hold of the danger devices. She said: “When the battery gets stuck anywhere in the gut it sets up an electrical current while in contact with the lining of the gut”.
“A build-up of caustic soda then burns through the chest and the child begins to bleed. It’s not always easy to spot but it needs to be removed within the first two hours otherwise the damage could be too severe, so it is best to simply make sure children cannot get hold of them in the first place.”
Doctors advise that if a child swallows a button battery, do not wait for symptoms to develop and take them straight to the nearest A&E or dial 999 for an ambulance. Do not let them eat or drink and do not try to make them sick.
Button batteries are found in many household items, such as; small remote controls, watches, hearing aids, novelty toys, thermometers and many other everyday objects.
To help keep children safe:
• Always try to buy toys from reputable retailers
• Educate older children on the dangers and keeping them away from younger siblings
• Keep spare batteries out of reach, preferably in a locked cupboard
• If the battery compartment isn’t secure with a screw, then keep out of reach of children
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BBL Batteries are delighted to announced the acquisition of The Battery Centre Evesham. A long standing customer of BBL Batteries, the acquisition is allowing us to extend our links northwards, and enable even more local deliveries, fork lift battery servicing and greater stocks for their existing customers. With our expert team in place we will continue to serve the local community, but with the stocks and prices of BBL Batteries. Our range is now second to none, whatever your portable application we have the solution. We hold large stocks and have no minimum order quantities, so if you would like our manager Phil or one of our representatives to call on you and show you our range please don’t hesitate to use our Contact form or call 01386 429 020.
This week in August marks 5 years since we moved our Bristol Branch and Head Office to our Albert Road home. With over 14,000 sq ft of warehouse space we’ve been able to do more container buying from all over the world with plenty of space in our car park for customers and lorries alike.
Our expansion to Albert Road means we hold even more stock and a wider range than ever before, and our daily courier service means we keep our branches fully stocked and our customers able to receive next day delivery on most items.
Never one to ‘rest on its laurels’ BBL Batteries is storming ahead in new markets, having recently taken a stand at the Traffex 2015 show, we’ve now moved into power for mobile Traffic Lights, as a response to increasing demand we are now able to offer replacement Battery Packs for most leading brands of Power Tools, with the constant pressure to improve CO2 emissions and the growth of the electric powered market means the demand for batteries is increasing daily.
Whatever your battery need, our technical knowledge is second to none, so whatever your portable power query, we can help!
Here’s to the next five years!!
With a record number of Electric Cars entered, the Greenpower 2014 International Final was set to be a fantastic race. With Electric cars from all over the world arriving at the Goodwood Motor circuit in October 2014, BBL Batteries were delighted to see the developments and skills the new, young engineers of the world are coming up with.
BBL Batteries are proud to be associated with Greenpower for its vision and mission to advance education of sustainable engineering to young people.
By linking projects in schools and holding regular racing events around the country to young people are being inspired to get involved and learn the techniques and skills required within engineering fields but applying it to something they can see through from design, build then see the result spinning round the course at world renowned Goodwood circuit.
Watch the video below to see the race, and should you require any further information about getting involved with an Electric Car project visit their website at <a href=“http://www.greenpower.co.uk” target=“_blank”>www.greenpower.co.uk</a>, or if you need any help with your own Electric Vehicle power requirements then give one of our team a call and we’ll be happy to talk through your project.
<a href=“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdODYBsWuFQ”>Greenpower Video</a>