[Parentsgroup-list] dealing with lead

Amanda Alvine amueller at math.harvard.edu
Thu Nov 29 09:25:24 EST 2007

My Christmas lights have a little "Known to the state of California" type 
warning on the package that clued me in to this--otherwise, I would not 
have guessed.

One thing to consider for lead is whether your child is a mouth-er.  A 
friend of mine kept her house clean, vacuumed and wiped, but she still had 
lead dust getting on the toys (I guess) and going into her son's mouth. 
The small one had lead issues (REALLY high, and in DC they send the test 
results to child protective services so a social worker can come check 
out your house), and the older, non-mouthers, had regular levels.


On Thu, 29 Nov 2007, Joy Geren wrote:

> On a slightly different note, be aware that Christmas lights are a good
> source of lead. After wrapping them on our banister that our two year
> old son touches everyday my husband mentioned this to me. A newly
> released type of home lead test confirmed (but thankfully our bibs and vinyl
> table cloth appear to be okay). Apparently it is common knowledge that
> Christmas lights are made with high lead plastic because it is cheaper but I
> had no idea.
> Best,
> Joy

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