Safety at home
Discover how to stock your batteries safely at home
Tape off your 9V batteries
Tape off the poles of 9 volts batteries, so short-circuiting with smaller batteries, such as button cells, can be avoided.
Respect the polarity
Always respect the polarity of the batteries when inserting them into a device and use a battery with the correct voltage.
Make sure you keep your used batteries and new batteries separately in different boxes and/or in different places.
Never open batteries or battery packs yourself
Store all batteries out of sight and reach of young children
Store batteries in a cool and dry place - ideally at room temperature
Regularly return your used batteries to a Bebat collection point
Avoid storing small batteries in pillboxes or setting them out with medication. Their shape and size make them easily mistaken for medication.
When opening a pack which includes multiple button/coin cells, make sure that children cannot access the batteries which remain in the open packs.
In the event of battery ingestion, seek immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency room.
Do not let your child eat or drink until an X-ray can determine if a battery is present.
If you still have the battery packaging or the device containing the battery take this with you to help the doctor identify the battery type and chemistry.
For further advice, you can also contact the Belgian anti-poison centre on 070 245 245. For other countries check the number of your national anti-poison centre via this link.
Always keep a leaking battery separated in a transparent plastic bag before bringing it into one of our collection points.
Make sure that they cannot cause a short circuit by taping off the contacts and packing the batteries individually. Preferably store them separately and away from fire-sensitive material.