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Don’t Play With Danger

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  1. Don’t Play With Danger Lead can harm your child

  2. Some Products for Children May Have Lead New and used toys Children’s jewelry Cribs and other baby furniture Backpacks and lunch boxes

  3. Lead is Dangerous to Children Lead should not be in children’s products but is still sometimes found It can get into a child’s body from normal behavior, like putting an object or their hands into their mouth Lead can cause brain damage and harm a child’s body. It can keep them from growing and developing normally

  4. What Products Could Have Lead? • Products made with vinyl and plastic soft plastic items, like decorated backpacks, vinyl lunch boxes, diaper bags, toys balls or toys from vending machines • Metal pieces on stuffed animals and dolls eyes, noses, buttons and zippers

  5. What Products Could Have Lead? • Paint on wood, metal, ceramic or fabric toys like painted blocks, metal cars and trucks, ceramic items like tea sets, cribs, baby furniture, and antique metal toys • Children’s jewelry may have lead pieces or solder it is dangerous if put into the mouth or swallowed

  6. Lead Can Also be in Paint on or inside older houses Dirt and soil outside Pottery Home remedies Imported candies made with chili powder or tamarind fruit

  7. How Can You Protect Your Child? Find out what products have lead Choose safer products Keep children’s hands clean Make sure children eat healthy meals Get your child tested for lead

  8. Find Out About Lead in Products • To check babies and children’s products you have at home, at your day-care, or sitter’s Text the words KIDS, or NINOS for a reply in Spanish, and product name to 30644 you will get a message back from, a non-profit that has tested thousands of products

  9. Other Ways to Check Products • Go To for more info • Visit or call the Consumer Product Safety Commission to find out about recalls 1-800-638-2772

  10. Be Sure To… • Check hand-me-downs and gifts • Throw away toys that: • are damaged • have cracked or peeling paint • have faded colors or bite marks • are recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

  11. Also, be Careful with Jewelry… Jewelry can be especially dangerous if swallowed or put into the mouth Avoid purchasing toys or jewelry from vending machines To be completely safe, don’t let children wear jewelry

  12. Keep Dirt and Dust Away • Toys may pick up lead dust from peeling paint in older houses or dirt outside • wash or wipe toys with a damp cloth every few days to clean off dust • wash children’s hands often and especially before eating and sleeping

  13. Keep Children Healthy A full stomach helps children absorb less lead Children should eat 3 meals a day and healthy snacks that are high in calcium and iron Wash children’s hands often Get your child tested for lead

  14. Choose Safer Toys • Toys made from wood or cloth that do not have paint, varnish, metal eyes, noses, buttons or zippers

  15. Get Your Child Tested for Lead At 1 year old, 2 years old, or if they have never been tested Anytime you think your child may have been exposed to lead A blood lead test is the only way to know if a child has lead poisoning

  16. Key Points Lead can be in new and used children’s products Lead can harm your child Look up products you have at home and before you buy to see if they have lead Avoid products with plastic, vinyl, chipped paint, metal eyes, noses, or buttons

  17. Find out Which Products Have Lead! • Text the word KIDS, or NINOS for a reply in Spanish, and product name to 30644 • Go to for more info • Call 1-800-638-2772 for product recalls • Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission for recalls of toys and other products:

  18. Funding is provided by the Public Health Trust, a program of the Public Health Institute, through settlement of a complaint brought by the State of California.