Christmas Decorations and Lead

 

Be aware that some Christmas decorations may be coated in lead.

When decorating your home for Christmas know that many of them have dangerous amounts of lead which can make you sick according to a study done at Cornell’s College of Human Ecology.

The problem is the plastic coating used as insulation on electric wires. The polyvinyl chloride used as a stabilizer contains the lead.  The lead keeps the wires from cracking and is a fire retardant.

Some states have enacted laws concerning how much lead can be allowed. A warning label is required for 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood and handling an electric cord can leave 0.5 micrograms on the hand.  Buy decorations made in the USA.

Be sure to read labels, wear gloves and wash your hands after putting up decorations.  Keep all decorations out of the hands of children. 

 

 

 

Author Marilyn Pokorney
Copyright Marilyn Pokorney 2014

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