American’s buy nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power toys, portable tools, and electronic devices. (That’s about 32 per family) Source EPA
- Batteries contain a variety of heavy metals and corrosive acids that generate power by converting chemical energy to electrical energy. These toxic ingredients have the potential to cause burns or injury to the skin and eyes.
- Rechargeable lithium ion batteries, in rare instances, have been known to pose a fire risk because they may overheat and ignite if they fail. Lithium ion batteries are found in cell phones, notebook computers, cameras, radio controlled cars and aircraft, and children’s ride-on toy vehicles.
- Lithium ion batteries are not only a choking hazard for small children and pets, but they pose the risk of serious internal injuries if swallowed. Always keep button-cell batteries well out of reach of children and pets. If you suspect that one has been ingested, seek medical attention immediately.