Are Your Kids Toys Safe or Toxic?

Read this blog and find out – are your kids toys safe or toxic? If you’re like most parents, you do your due diligence to make sure your child plays with safe toys. You buy age-appropriate toys and avoid giving toys with small parts or magnets to babies. You may have even signed up for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Toy Hazard Recalls to get e-mail notification of any toy recalls.

However, there may be one important step that you are skipping when making a decision to let your baby or child play with a certain toy. Do you check if the materials the toy is made from are safe or toxic for your little one?

Take action against chemicals in toys

Take action against chemicals in toys

HeatlhyStuff.org states that “The U.S. government doesn’t require full testing of chemicals before they are added to most consumer products. And once they are on the market, the government almost never restricts their use, even in the face of new scientific evidence suggesting a health threat. Because children, adults and pets can be exposed to chemicals from many sources, and because the effects of some chemicals are cumulative, it is important to look at the whole picture concerning chemicals and health. The law that’s supposed to do this, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, is outdated, according to the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In 2005, the GAO found:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has limited data on existing chemicals including toxicity and exposure information;
EPA lacks data to ensure that potential health and environmental risks of new chemicals are identified;
Chemical companies are not required to develop and submit toxicity information to EPA unless EPA issues a rule;
EPA has used its authority to require testing for fewer than 200 of the 62,000 chemicals in commerce since 1979;
For “new” chemicals, EPA estimates that only about 15 percent include health or safety test data; and
For existing chemicals, only 5 chemical groups out of 62,000 have been restricted by EPA in 29 years.”

This should be very concerning to all parents. You must check if the toys are safe or toxic. We all know that kids not only play with toys, they can put them in their mouths, bathe with them, sleep with them, and never want to let them go. If that toy is made up of toxic materials, then our kids are in danger from those toxins. They either ingest them through the mouth, or the chemicals can leech into their skin or into the air they breathe.

Numerous studies on toys have found scary stuff, such as flame retardants, PVC, lead, BPA, arsenic, etc. in toys both imported from other countries and made in America.

Click on HealthyStuff.org to see if your kids toys are safe or toxic. They have a search field on the top right where you can enter the name of the toy, and see if it’s their database. If it is, it will tell you if the toy’s chemicals are of low, medium, or high concern. On the site, you can also read many interesting articles about toy safety, and even take action to e-mail our lawmakers about creating new laws to protect our kids.

Try to be smart about your toy purchases. If you’re shopping for toddlers or babies, who tend to put things in their mouths, try to purchase wood vs. plastic toys. Plastic is notorious for containing a slew of chemicals. Always wipe new toys with a moist washcloth, and teach older children not to put toys in their mouth, and wash hands after playing with them.

Do your kid's toys contain dangerous chemicals?

Do your kid’s toys contain dangerous chemicals?

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