Reese’s Law was signed last week by President Biden. It’s aimed at protecting young children from accessing and swallow button cell, lithium coin and other batteries that are often found in key fobs, remotes and calculators.
The law will require the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt product safety standards for these batteries. Primarily, manufacturers will be required to ensure the products’ battery compartment isn’t easily accessible to children age 6 and younger.
In the meantime, parents and caregivers shouldn’t wait to do more to protect children from batteries that could injure to kill them.
Consumer Watchdog, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers’ health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio’s largest daily newspaper. She received dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, a National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis, and a journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected 15 million customers nationwide. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.