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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

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  1. Apropos of absolutely nothing, I have a baby robin on the railing of my deck. He’s been there for the past 4 hours, refusing to move. He must have just fledged today, perhaps a bit prematurely, because he has no tail feathers yet and his wings are more like stubs than wings. Fortunately, the mother knows where he is and has stopped by to feed him several times, but he just can’t seem to get up the courage to fly to a nearby tree, and we’re expecting severe storms tonight. Backyard drama!

    • reality Reality.

    • poor baby, and unfortunately if you move him his momma might abandon the nest. Maybe you should ask animal control what to do.
      I am a great lover of birds and feed them on the railing of my deck right outside the kitchen table. So we watch them at every meal. while we eat so do the various varieties of finches, titmice, nuthatches, chickadees, indigo buntings, doves, blue jays, cardinals, cowbirds and a new one yesterday that I think was an eastern phoebe.

  2. This is such important information. Thank you for making others aware. I am friends with a woman whose granddaughter swallowed one of these batteries. After it was determined the chid would survive, she had a trach tube inserted. This little girl will never have the life she would have had prior to this incident. Keep all batteries in a place where kids cannot find them.

    • No it’s not. It’s fear mongering, no disrespect to SOD. The number of incidents of this happening is minuscule.
      If you have kids, you would understand what kind of craziness this kind of information leads to. People in charge of children can never be too careful. Reports like this lead to things like a ban on any electronic equipment in middle schools, for example. Those damn eighth grader might ingest one.
      Let’s have some prospect here. It’s common sense, not a common hazard.

      • I didn’t read this post as fear mongering. I just read it as an observation that these shiny-round batteries are a kind of attractive nuisance. And when we’re thinking about baby proofing a house we should keep an eye out for them.

        This is after all an Open Thread — and the topic is just a conversation starter.

  3. This would be a worry with beloved pets too, especially puppies that put anything in their mouths.

  4. I never know how to replace those. I have watches, remotes that are sitting there unused because I am helpless removing/identifying/figuring where to buy replacements. Also no toddlers here, just a dog which doesn’t open electronics.

    • You can buy those disc batteries at the grocery store. just match the number on the face of the disc and pop in with the cap up.

      • Some of the batteries are harder to install because of spings and clips. If you open it up and can’t get the battery out in a watch, certain jewelers will do it for a fee.

  5. OMG that is horrible SoD. Good to know for kids and pets too. Think we have lithiums small and big all over the house. Thanks for the warning.

    Here’s the happy video of the day, courtesy of Violet.

  6. I find this turn of phrase hilarious

    In his weekly address, filmed in the small Louisiana village of Caminada Bay, Barack Obama sought to display empathy with Americans as he continues to face criticism that the White House has not been engaged enough with the catastrophe

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jun/06/bp-oil-spill-chief-executive

    • The article continues:

      Against a backdrop of a fishing boat and a gentle breeze, he singled out individuals suffering from the effects of the spill: Floyd Lasseigne, whose oyster bed had been destroyed, and Terry Vegas, a shrimper.

      The US president went on to catalogue in emotive language the impact of the spill on hotels and shops, deprived of income as tourists stay away for fear of soiled beaches. “These folks work hard. They meet their responsibilities. But now because of a man-made catastrophe – one that’s not their fault and that’s beyond their control – their lives have been thrown into turmoil,” he said. “It’s brutally unfair. It’s wrong.”

      And POTUS said to TOTUS, “Give me some of that touchy-feely stuff, so I can show that I care. Throw in a couple names to make it seem authentic.”

      Obama is the kind of guy who would visit an orphanage and offer a kid one of his autographed pictures “For your mom.”

      • He’s on a perpetual vacation, but he keeps flying in from one vacation destination and another to bemoan the lack of TOURISM? Hey, I have an idea. How’s about they cancel their $35,000 vacation house wherever and instead put their damn money where their mouth is? I know he’d have to work while there, But jeez I really think he can go a couple weeks. The most political savvy person on Earth.

      • He liked it so much, he used it in a letter to his fans
        After the paragraphs about Floyd and terry he hoes

        These people work hard. They meet their responsibilities. But now because of a manmade catastrophe — one that is not their fault and beyond their control — their lives have been thrown into turmoil. It is brutally unfair. And what I told these men and women is that I will stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are again made whole.

        That is why, from the beginning, we have worked to deploy every tool at our disposal to respond to this crisis. Today, there are more than 20,000 people working around the clock to contain and clean up this spill

        • These are the same kinda “folks” he literally sneered at, during the primaries, as bitter, clingy, uneducated.

          What a pr*ck.

  7. That’s horrible! So the NYT magazine asks Christopher Hitchens, whose mom committed suicide, if she had a history of depression, and he replies that he thinks it was because she was in menopause and losing her looks. I really regret not smacking him when I had the opportunity when we were both at the same intersection.

    • She probably saw her son on television and couldn’t take it anymore.

      • I really shouldn’t be laughing, but…

      • yeah, it had nothing to do with the fact that her son is a bitter drunken toe sucking monster.
        No No, it had to be losing her looks which is of course all women care about.

    • This is the guy who has an obsession for exposing Mother Theresa as a greedy hack. He’s demented.

  8. I’m glad we’re going back to the original definition of politically incorrect. Bigoted. Thank you Bill Maher.

    • Think tanks did a good job making bigoted sound cool and free spirited.
      There was also PI – the motion picture and PI-the Broadway show (Jackie Mason) – some marketing!

  9. Hello everyone. I searched YouTube for a certain MaxwellHouse commercial from the 1950s. It featured a housewife and ended with the phrase, “be a good Maxwell Housewife” That commercial is the most obvious example how how television mirrors society. Does anyone know where I can find it?

  10. Oil Kill Day 49 ~ whats a president to do? Go to another gala thats what!

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/06/06/1215633/obamas-to-attend-fords-theatre.html

    • at Ford’s theater no less… yikes, the symbolism would be stunning if the media noticed.

  11. Some of you might find it ‘interesting’ to go read this editorial, and comment thread, at Talk Left — carefully.

  12. I just looked up the NYT Best Seller List, and was glad to see that Jonathan “It’s time for the baby boomers to step aside” Alter’s Obama book is not listed in the top 10. I do so want that man to be ignored.

    None of the other Obama books were there, either.

  13. It’s the Post, so excuse the source, but I thought the first paragraph I included was telling–not that it’s a surprise. It’s like watching a Greek play: his character (or lack thereof) really is going to be his demise. Ironically, as in any great tragedy, the very thing that brought him prominence–his snake oil bit and the crowd that has sold him to the public–is going to be his undoing. Unfortunately, the rest of us are tied to his incompetence now.

    Slick talk aside, O’s just not up to the job

    But listening is not high on the White House agenda. Two people who have frequent contact with the administration told me recently that between Obama’s “arrogance,” as one put it, and his near-total reliance on his Chicago inner circle, as the other said, there is no welcome mat for dissent or fresh ideas.

    A real leader would take control because that’s what a leader does. Yet even now, on the 47th day after the fire and explosion, BP remains responsible not only for plugging the leak, but also for protecting and cleaning the marshes, beaches and wildlife.

    The federal government should have assumed command and control of everything except the well, and billed BP for the cost. It didn’t because Obama doesn’t want to, or doesn’t realize he should. Either way, he’s not behaving like a president who gets it.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/slick_talk_aside_just_not_up_to_fphLDlAYpre5K2UxSEZNyK#ixzz0qAdSbnjY

  14. Obama Daily Gallup (June 3 – June 5):
    45 Approve
    47 Disapprove

  15. The risk is extremely rare. Of course, it’s too high if it’s your kid. But I wouldn’t get all bent out of shape about lithium batteries. The number of incidents is in the few dozen per year. The number of batteries is a whole lot higher.
    Perspective, people.

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