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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.

Do not store used batteries and new batteries together

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

Do not store batteries in pillboxes

Avoid storing small batteries in pillboxes or setting them out with medication. Their shape and size make them easily mistaken for medication.

Do not store your batteries in a metal box

Avoid storing batteries in a metal box to avoid short circuits. It is best to use a Bebat collection box or bag. Do you not have one? Request them here and we will deliver them to you!

Children and batteries

When opening a pack which includes multiple button/coin cells, make sure that children cannot access the batteries which remain in the open packs.

What to do when your child has ingested a button/coin cell

  • 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.

Put leaking batteries individually in a transparent plastic bag

Always keep a leaking battery separated in a transparent plastic bag before bringing it into one of our collection points.

Pay extra attention to damaged/swollen rechargeable batteries

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.

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