Is That Toy Dangerous? 10 Safety Tips Parents Need

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Buy Lead-Free Toys

Lead exposure can have many harmful physical and mental effects on children. The good news is, using lead paint in toys except in harmless trace amounts has been banned in the US. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires toy-makers to test for any hazardous materials, and label the packages to show when and where they were made. If the toy was manufactured after 2008 and in the US, it’s safe to say the materials are non-toxic. However, if the toy was made abroad or before 2008 and doesn’t have a lead-free label, consider another brand that does.