Great News! If you live in the Peoria area, HOI 19 News is offering a FREE toy safety check next week, February 26th from 3:30-6:30p.m. at Ridgeview Elementary School (off Radnor Road in Peoria). You have to sign up to attend because the company (Oxford Instruments) testing the toys will only be in town for a few hours. I tried to get them to stay longer, but they are doing this for free and are coming from Chicago. So, I totally understand where they are coming from. The company will be using an XRF machine to test the toys. That is what the Consumer Product Safety Commission uses to screen toys it has labeled as suspicious.
I also had a long conversation today with someone at the CPSC and an interview with a local pubic health department nurse. I have a one-year-old, so I have been having an issue with determining how to keep him safe from lead. He puts just about everything in his mouth! This has been a very eye-opening investigation. The report will air on Monday, February 25th (my son's birthday) at 10p.m. I will, of course, post the story on this site and put it on You Tube sometime after that.
If you want to get some of your child's toys tested ( I am picking a few of my son's favorites) go to HOI News and click on Toy Test.
It's in an orange box on the top. Again, space is very limited and I am nervous we will have to turn people away. So, please sign up early if you want to come.
Please send me any questions you have about lead in toys and I will make sure I include those answers on-line.
By the way, Toys 'R' Us just released it is increasing testing for lead paint and phthalates in its toys.