Information Net for October 8

Button Battery Safety

Read by: RICK N9GRW

CR2450 battery & holder

CR2450 battery & holder (credit: Wikipedia)

Did You Know

  • The coin-sized batteries children swallow come from many devices, most often mini remote controls. Other places you may find them are: singing greeting cards, watches, bathroom scales, and flameless candles.
  • It takes as little as two hours to cause severe burns once a coin-sized lithium battery has been swallowed.
  • Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed.


  • Kids can still breathe with the coin lithium battery in their throats. It may not be obvious at first that something is wrong.
  • Repairing the damage is painful and can require multiple surgeries.
  • The batteries can become lodged in the throat, burning the esophogus.
  • In 2010 alone, more than 3,400 swallowing cases were reported in the U.S. 19 children sustained life-threatening or debilitating injuries and others died!

Keeping Your Kids Safe
Electronic devices are part of daily life. It only takes a second for your toddler to get hold of one and put in his mouth. Here are a few easy tips for you to follow to protect your kids from button battery-related injuries.

Top Tips for Battery Safety


  • SEARCH your home, and any place your child goes, for gadgets that may contain coin lithium batteries.
  • SECURE coin lithium battery-controlled devices out of sight and reach of children and keep loose batteries locked away.
  • SHARE this life-saving information with caregivers, friends, family members and sitters.

In Case of Emergency
Keeping these batteries out of reach and secured in devices is key, but if a child swallows a battery, parents and caregivers should follow these steps:

  • Go to the emergency room immediately. Tell doctors and nurses that your child may have swallowed a battery. If possible, provide the medical team with the identification number found on the battery’s package.
  • Do not let the child eat or drink until a chest x-ray can determine if a battery is present.
  • Do not induce vomiting.
  • Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 for additional treatment.

The Weather Channel to Begin Naming Winter Storms


Beginning this winter, The Weather Channel will begin naming what it calls “noteworthy winter storms.” As The Weather Channel explained on its website, “[a] storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation. In addition to providing information about significant winter storms by referring to them by name, the name itself will make communication and information sharing in the constantly expanding world of social media much easier.”

Unlike the National Hurricane Center — which has named tropical storms and hurricanes since the 1940s — the National Weather Service (NWS) does not name winter storms. “One of the reasons this may be true is that there is no national center, such as the National Hurricane Center, to coordinate and communicate information on a multi-state scale to cover such big events.”


The Weather Channel’s website said. “The National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s Hydrologic Prediction Center does issue discussions and snowfall forecasts on a national scale, but it does not fill the same role as the NHC in naming storms. Historically, many major winter storms have been named during or after the event has occurred, such as ‘The President’s Day Storm’ and ‘Snowmageddon.’ Yet, until now, there has been no organized naming system for these storms before they impact population centers.” In Europe, forecasters have named winter storms since the 1950s, and many local television stations in the US name winter storms, as well.

According to The Weather Channel, a winter storm will only be given a name after a complete assessment of several variables, including snowfall, ice, wind and temperature, as well as taking into account the time of day (rush hour vs overnight) and the day of the week (weekday school and work travel vs weekends). The Weather Channel will only name a storm no more than three days before its anticipated impact.

For the names of the winter storms the weather channel has chosen for 2012-13 season visit the Weather Channel page.

Amateur Radio Fun: New QuickStats Now Available on ARRL Website


Four new poll questions have just been published on the QuickStats page on the ARRL website. Let your voice be heard!

Questions in this month’s QuickStats poll:

  • Have you built a project using an Arduino microcontroller?
  • Do you subscribe to any Amateur Radio e-mail lists (reflectors)?
  • Do you prefer extended conversations on the air, or short contacts?
  • Was public service the primary motivation for getting your Amateur Radio license?

Visit the QuickStats page and be sure to bookmark it in your browser. Results from this QuickStats poll will be published in the January 2013 issue of QST on the QuickStats page, located in the rear advertising section of the magazine. Along with monthly poll results, QST QuickStats offers colorful charts and graphs that highlight interesting Amateur Radio statistics.

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