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Lead in Toys and Jewelry

Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth’s crust. It has been used in commercial and household products for thousands of years. In the past lead has been used in paint, gasoline, pottery, water pipes and other products.

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. Children and adults can get lead poisoning though ingestion (eating) or inhalation (breathing) materials or dust that contains lead. Your body does not have a use for lead. When it is absorbed, it has an adverse effect on the nervous systems of people and animals.

  • Medical research shows that lead can harm human health even at low exposure levels. There is no safe level of lead.
  • Lead poisoning is widespread and preventable.
  • Adverse impacts of lead include learning abnormalities and behavioral problems in children.
  • Kids are more vulnerable than adults&mdashbut all people and environment are important.

The combination of high toxicity, a long life in the environment, and the ability to build up in food chains makes lead one of the most problematic chemicals in commerce for human and ecological health.

Toys and Jewelry

Lead is often found in brightly colored wood and vinyl toys, and imported jewelry. Some toys and toy jewelry have been found to contain levels of lead that can pose a serious health risk to children. Parents should carefully check their child’s toys and jewelry to see if their child has any of the toys recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Toys and jewelry that contain lead are a health hazard and children should not be handling them. Since jewelry may be small, children may put them in their mouths, suck or chew on them, and sometimes even swallow them. Handling lead-containing objects and then putting their hands in their mouths can also expose children to lead.

Use a home test kit—available at home, paint and hardware stores—to find out if there is lead in paint on your home, in toys or inexpensive jewelry, especially if these items are put in the mouth. If lead is detected in any of your child's toys remove them from your child's toy box and dispose of them. To learn about different testing options, see the National Center for Healthy Homes Testing Factsheet.

Parents should also carefully check their child's environment for other possible sources of lead such as lead paint dust, soil, pottery or lead dust from parent's workplaces and hobbies.

Proper Disposal

Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

If you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Home Collection

Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up.

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