Lead and Toys

By AM Northwest Staff

Well it's been all over the news, toys recalled because of high levels of lead.

But there's an even bigger lead threat here in the Northwest.

Earlier this week we reported on lead in toys and gave parents tips for buying safe toys this holiday season.

And while that threat is real, the more common one is lead paint in houses.

Lead was banned in paint in 1978 but there are still older homes in our area with lead paint on the walls, or layers of lead paint under new paint.

And while many people think that kids actually have to eat paint chips to be affected, that's not true, the problem is really kids breathing in lead dust.

Every time you open the window, paint flakes off.. and when you remodel or repaint, you can stir up all the lead dust.

We had KATU's consumer reporter, Shellie Bailey-Shah in the studio to tell us more.

For more information watch KATU tonight (Wednesday 11/7) at 5pm when they will discuss lead in other products and show you how you can test yourself.

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