Acid & Lead in Batteries Can Be Harmful to Your Health

“What you don’t know about your batteries could kill you!” shouts the headline of an article about safe battery use posted on Linkedin.  Not everyone is aware that some batteries contain toxic materials such as lead, sulfuric acid, and cadmium that can leak out and contaminate the environment. These corrosive chemicals can also burn your skin and damage your internal organs.
In December, a family in Florida sued a hospital for malpractice, claiming that their baby suffered severe burns after swallowing a coin-sized battery, because the hospital took too long to remove the battery from her throat, reported AP. “A t the hospital, the parents wanted the battery taken out right away because they worried the girl would be exposed to dangerous chemicals. But the father said [the doctor] told them the incident was “no different than a coin in her throat.”

“He seemed pretty relaxed about the whole situation,” Parsons said. “A little while later, we learned there is an electrical burn taking place in her esophagus, and she was rushed to emergency surgery.” The child has undergone 20 surgeries since she swallowed the battery, and may require treatment until she is in her teens.
The above case was a household accident. You can learn, however, about the potential dangers of batteries and how to handle them correctly to prevent such terrible accidents. Some tips from Terry Penney on LinkedIn:
• Keep button batteries out of sight and reach of children. Remote controls, singing greeting cards, watches, hearing aids, thermometers, toys, electric keys and more may include these batteries.
• Keep loose batteries locked away to prevent access by small children.
• Share the danger of swallowing button batteries with caregivers, friends, family members and baby sitters.
• If you suspect your child has ingested a battery, go to the hospital immediately. Wait for a medical assessment before allowing the child to eat and drink.
Craig Follis has extensive experience in litigation, negotiating and settling suits, and providing legal opinions on liability and insurance coverage. You can reach him at (888) 703-0109 or via email at


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