Lead in Christmas lights, too–



Now that we are about to be bombarded with Christmas ads, and since I’ve been posting about lead- several friends have shared that many Xmas lights are made with lead as well. Where does it stop?

Apparently most of the Xmas lights we already have are probably made with lead, they just aren’t labeled. Thanks to California’s new law, the lights being sold now are labeled with a lead warning.

Of course kids want to touch them- it’s the holiday season, and they are lights, inside, on a tree! They are a kid magnet. Does anyone else have memories of stringing the lights as a kid?

Non Toxic Kids recommends: Obviously, don’t let kids play with the lights. Wash your hands after you handle them, and avoid lights made in China, because they probably contain more lead then U.S. made lights (surprise, surprise). The link below suggests a Christmas light that has no lead in the bulb, but I am not sure about the company or the website.

Fake Trees, too: Artificial Trees are made with PVC (which has all the problems listed in previous posts) and can contain lead as well. The dust from these trees can fall and coat the floor and everything below it. Non Toxic Kids recommends buying live trees from local, sustainable tree farms.

For More Information:
http://www.checnet.org/healthehouse/education/articles-detail.asp?Main_ID=700
http://www.newsnet5.com/station/3983109/detail.html

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