Christmas Decorations And Lead



First it was tainted dog food. Then toothpaste. Then children's toys. And now.......... Christmas decorations are coated in lead.

When decorating your home for Christmas this year be aware that many of them have dangerous amounts of lead which can make you sick.

The problem is the plastic coating used as insulation on electric wires. The polyvinyl chloride used as a stabilizer contains the lead.

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.

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

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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