Parents must be proactive to keep their children safe. Consumer lead test kits are a good first line of defense to help keep lead contaminated toys out of the hands and more importantly the mouths of their children.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 24, 2008
Over 1.5 million toys have been yanked off the shelves because they were found to contain unsafe levels of lead. It is not clear that the recalls were found via the manufacturers or through the efforts of the Consumer Product Safety Commissions own Lead Test processes. What is clear is that between July 3, 2008 and September 3, 2008 nine separate items, related to toys manufactured in China, where pulled off the shelves.
2007 might have been called The Year of the Recall but toys and consumer products that were bought years ago still pose a danger. A brief glance at the Consumer Product Safety website only lists recent toys. Tens of millions of toys that have been manufactured over the years are still in the homes, boxes and attics of millions of Americans.
This year over ten million toys have been reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to contain lead. It seems that lately parents have been taking matters in to their own hands. Some are outright refusing to purchase any toys made in China. Some have resorted to performing their own consumer bought lead tests. "Parents must be proactive to keep their children safe. Consumer lead test kits are a good first line of defense to help keep lead contaminated toys out of the hands and more importantly the mouths of their children." said Scott Turman, product manager of Orlando Florida based Check4Lead.com that specializes in lead test kits.
President Bush recently signed into law one of the most sweeping consumer product laws in two decades. The law virtually banns lead and certain phthalates in children's products. The law provides for more inspectors at our borders and ports and an increase of five hundred employees at the CPSC.
The lead danger is not limited to toys. 75% of homes and apartments built before 1978 have some form of lead paint. Buildings built before 1960 have the highest levels of lead. Exterior paint used on shingles, porches, window trim, and railings of pre-1978 homes usually contains the highest lead content. Over forty-two million U.S. homes contain dangerous levels of lead.
Lead exposure can harm children and infants even before they are born." Pregnant woman that are exposed to lead can pass it to their unborn babies. Lead poisoning manifests itself in many ways and affects several parts of the human body. The health problems will get worse as the level of lead increases in the blood. The U.S. Library of medicine lists reduced IQ, slowed body growth, hearing problems, behavior problems, failure at school and kidney damage as complications related to lead exposure.
Very high levels of lead exposure may cause vomiting, staggering gait, muscle weakness, seizures, or coma. If you believe that you child has lead poisoning the Center for Disease Control recommends that you have your child screened for lead poisoning. A simple test can help determine if your child has been exposed to lead.