Letter: Check toys closely
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As Christmas has now passed and the new year has begun, I want to gently remind fellow parents to take a closer look at their children's toys.
Though some in Washington state are working to pass a law that bans chlorinated Tris — a flame retardant that is a cancer-causing carcinogen found in many kids' products — many toys, clothing items and upholstery still contain the toxic chemical.
As the mother of two toddler girls, I know children receive lots of gifts from loved ones over the holiday season.
Check the toys given to your children by friends and relatives to ensure they don't have any toxic chemicals.
Feel free to contact the makers directly.
As these chemicals can cause damage to reproductive health in children — causing early puberty, infertility, and painful diseases such as endometriosis and cancer — it is worth it to be safe.