CHICAGO (SCS) — New legislation to create improved safety standards for button batteries now awaits President Biden’s signature.
Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) said warning labels and child-proof enclosures will now be required on devices and packaging, thanks to Reese’s Law.
“We know we can’t protect our children from everything. But the hope here is that Reese’s Law will give parents more information and know which products or toys are potentially dangerous (and) prevent future tragedies,” said Kelly.
“We always knew Reese would do great things. We hear every day how sharing her story has made people more aware of the risks and how she saves lives,” said Reese’s mother, Trista Hamsmith.
The law is named after 18-month-old Reese Hamsmith, who died in 2020 after swallowing a button battery from a remote control. Over 3,500 people accidentally swallow them each year.