Button cell safety

Button cell safety

Safe use of button cells

Since they are especially designed to power small devices, button cells are quite small in size themselves. Therefore, the risk is high that children could swallow them unintentionally. The EPBA and its members are committed to reduce this risk by providing information and thereby enhancing awareness.

According to Hans Craen, Secretary General of EPBA, the safe use of batteries is one of EPBA´s key values. He also drew attention to continually occurring incidents of small children swallowing small batteries being a serious risk to their health.

As a member of the EPBA, VARTA Consumer Batteries GmbH & Co. KGaA is pleased to share the EPBA´s “Button Battery Safety Parental Guidance”-video embedded below:

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General safety Do´s and Don´ts


Do read the instructions on your device before installing batteries


Don´t disassemble, crush, puncture, or damage batteries


Do immediately remove empty batteries and dispose them properly


Don´t endanger your children: Keep batteries away from children

Emergency measures

What if a child has ingested a button cell?

  Seek immediate medical attention at a hospital or doctors practice
  DO NOT let your child eat or drink until the presence of a button cell is determined by medical personnel
  If you are in possession of the battery-package, take it to the hospital to determine what battery type was ingested


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For future advice

You can also contact your national anti-poison centre

About EPBA

The European Portable Battery Association (EPBA) is the leading organisation representing the interests of primary and rechargeable portable battery manufacturers, those industries using portable batteries in their products and distributors of portable batteries active within the European Union, and beyond. It supports the common interests of its members towards 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, European Affairs Manager, EPBA
+32 2 761 16 02