Have a lead-free holiday - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Education

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Have a lead-free holiday

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:00 am

The stress of finding all the toys on Jimmy's Christmas list should be enough to worry about this holiday season, but continuous recalls for toys containing toxic amounts of lead add more weight to gift choices this year. In June, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the RC2 Corp. announced a voluntary recall of 1.5 million toy trains, vehicles and play sets from the top-selling Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway collection. The recalled toys contain lead paint, which could be toxic if ingested by young children. Just two months later, Mattel, the popular toy maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars, recalled nearly one million toys because they too were covered in lead paint. So how do parents keep kids happy and healthy this holiday season? Ahwatukee Foothills toy store owner Janet Hoo has four things a parent should know in order to buy a safe toy. "First, look at the standards," Hoo said. "Make sure they are manufactured to EN 71 (European toy standard) or ASTM 963 (U.S. toy standard). Look for these standards printed on the box, not for 'Made in China.'" According to Mattel, all recalled toys were made by a contract manufacturer in China, the same country producing poisonous pet food and dangerous car tires sold in the U.S. Hoo's store, Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, does not sell any Mattel toys. "I don't carry Mattel because their toys are not manufactured to a published standard," she said. "It has nothing to do with the recall. Would I recommend buying a toy from China? Absolutely. The question is how is it manufactured?" Of all the toys in the world, 85 percent are manufactured in China. All toys shipped to Europe must meet the EN 71 standard, which evaluates lead, mercury and age standards of a toy. However, in the U.S. manufacturing to a standard is optional. "I have 196 vendors on my floor and every one created their toys to a published standard," Hoo said. "But just because it is manufactured to that standard doesn't mean it is made in that country. To this date we haven't had any recalls to toys that conform to these standards." Second, Hoo recommends parents trust the age on the box of the toy. "There is a reason for an age," she said. "Toys for children under three almost never have paint on them." Third, Hoo said to pay attention to the applied application of the toy. "If the box says do not microwave, don't put it in the microwave," she said. "If it says don't put it in the dishwasher, then don't put it in the dishwasher. The toy could be leaking chemicals." Lastly, when buying toys for children of different ages, assign certain places toys can be played with. "If a 6-year-old's toy contains paint, tell them to play with and keep it in their room, away from younger siblings," Hoo said. As for the best toy choices for kids today, Hoo said to keep it simple and go back to the basics. "I have parents come in and tell me they want to buy a $200 toy and I tell them don't do it because your child won't play with it," she said. "Let the child pick the toy. Give the kids an hour to look around, and then let them write down what they like. It might surprise you." Corinne Frayer can be reached at (480) 898-7917 or at cfrayer@aztrib.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Confusion among Trump's Arizona team may explain poor state convention showing

PHOENIX - Confusion among Donald Trump's Arizona campaign team may have led to a disappointing showing at the state Republican convention this…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:49 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/state/confusion-among-tr…

Sydney’s futurescape

It’s estimated that an extra one million people will live in Sydney by 2026, and architects and urban planners have been busy thinking up new …

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:49 pm @ https://www.timeout.com/sydney/things-to-do/sydney…

Anderson .Paak Announces "Malibu" World Tour

After a stellar set at Coachella a few weeks ago and recently rocking Washington, D.C.’s Broccoli City Festival over the weekend, multi-facete…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:52 pm @ http://www.vibe.com/2016/05/anderson-paak-malibu-w…

Bitcoin Market OpenBazaar Sweeps 2016 Blockchain Awards

to speak at Consensus 2015 Register Now News Online bitcoin-enabled marketplace OpenBazaar was the big winner at the 2016 Blockchain Awards, s…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:19 pm @ http://www.coindesk.com/openbazaar-wins-2016-block…

Joe Arpaio defeats immigrant groups in court; Arizona ID theft law upheld

States can impose their own stiff penalties on illegal immigrants — or others — who steal someone’s identity in order to get a job, a federal …

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:18 pm @ http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/2/arpai…

World of Beer Announces ‘Drink It Intern’ Selections

Tampa, Fla. — World of Beer, Inc. (WOB), is excited to announce the selections for the company’s first Drink It Intern program. Over 7,000 hop…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:18 pm @ http://www.brewbound.com/news/world-beer-announces…

Arizona School District Moves Closer to 100% Propane Bus Fleet

Featured Kyrene School District in Tempe, Arizona will receive 85 new propane school buses next month, bringing the fleet makeup to 85 percent…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 8:17 pm @ http://www.stnonline.com/news/latest-news/item/755…

Car burglar caught on camera in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Home surveillance cameras have proven some criminals are as dumb as they look. A recent Valley case is no exception. Kevin Bourgeois…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 7:18 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

This poke burrito and boba spot serves every trendy food known to humanity

These days eateries are doing whatever they can to capture the zeitgeist. And no place has done a better job of checking all the boxes than fo…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 7:18 pm @ http://la.eater.com/2016/5/2/11564248/poke-burrito…

7 Best Trails For Night Hiking in Metro Phoenix

Sara Palmer A A It’s an extraordinary feeling, being out of the city and surrounded by wilderness as the sun begins to set. The desert comes a…

Published: May 2, 2016 - 7:18 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/7-best-trails-…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…