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PSA: Keep those small disc batteries secured! (OPEN THREAD)

I came across an article in the New York Times and it’s common-sense content is something I had never previously contemplated.

You know those tiny little coin-shaped lithium batteries that you put into watches, small remotes, and other tiny gadgets like those musical greeting cards we often give children?  Well imagine how much these little silver “buttons” might look like candy to a toddler.  However, the unimaginable part is what might happen if one is ingested.  In this article, the tragic story of a 13-month old is told.  This sweet little cherub was apparently doing what other young toddlers his age do, putting things in his mouth.  When he put one of these batteries in his mouth it became lodged in his digestive tract and had to be surgically removed.  It might have been a simple lesson learned if the story had ended there; however, sadly, it did not.

I have spare disc batteries in various locations throughout my house.  I fortunately do not have any small children at home, but that doesn’t mean one might not visit.  I will be securing these items immediately.  Are there any laying around your home?

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD