Friday, September 16, 2005 gives advice for Child Safety published a list of product warnings. They mention that just because a product has a label saying “nontoxic” or “nonirritating” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Those labels are, “not clearly defined or labeled.” Many art supplies like paint, glue, glazes and metals, especially products intended for adults, may contain lead and/or emit chemical toxins. Products with the AP mark (Approved Product” are supposed to be nontoxic, though the tests were preliminary and not fully verifiable. Antifreeze for cars is considered very dangerous and led to more than 1000 emergency room visits in 2003. Pesticides are known poisons, but while the poison may be designed for insects, it can have harmful effects on humans, especially children.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

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