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Most families have a medicine cabinet at home that children are unable to access, and the same principle applies to poisonous cleaning products that should be stored in a childproof place. But what about batteries? Do you store them in some drawer in the kitchen or living room accessible to children? If so, you should find a new storage space as soon as possible, because especially young children like to put things in their mouths. The risk that toddlers could mistake button cells in particular for a piece of candy or chocolate covered in an aluminum wrapper is great.

Proper storage

We recommend that you store batteries in a place at home that children are unable to reach. Children are curious by nature and will put anything in their mouths, especially when they are young. Due to their chemical composition, batteries are particularly dangerous with regard to children. 

The home is not the only place where batteries should be kept out of children’s reach − the same is true on trips, when it is advisable to store batteries in a resealable battery pack, such as the LONGLIFE Power BIG BOX (12 x AA or 12 x AAA), and keep them in the parents’ suitcase or other places not accessible to children. Whether on a trip or at home, batteries should be properly stored, since neglecting to do so can lead to short circuits. The risk of a short circuit is greatest whenever the positive and negative terminals of batteries touch. It is best to store batteries in their original packaging in a dry place at room temperature and not loose in a drawer or close to metallic objects, such as coins.



Raising awareness for hazards in everyday life
Many battery-powered items in everyday life − from electronic toys for children, remote controls, car keys and bathroom scales to calculators, greeting cards that play music and numerous decorative objects − are particularly fascinating for young children. As a result, children want to play with and closely inspect these things, which is why it is important to make sure that such devices have a battery compartment that snaps shut. If they do not have this safety mechanism, the batteries can quickly fall out, be taken by children and swallowed in the worst-case scenario. VARTA therefore makes sure to install a screw-fastened battery compartment in all children’s products to keep potential choking hazards to a minimum.
 
After removing empty batteries, you should of course also store them securely and cover the terminals with adhesive tape. However, the most important thing is that batteries should not be thrown out with general household waste or tossed into nature. Apart from recyclable materials, batteries contain substances that are hazardous to human health and the environment.

People are legally required to dispose of used batteries at retail outlets or special collection points.