Received this e-mail from MomsRising and thought it was definitely worth passing on -- especially considering that my last warning about lead in a specific toy resulted in at least one of my readers removing that toy from her home!
Sadly, one of the big stories this holiday season has been an epidemic of "toxic toys" -- exposing children to everything from lead to the date rape drug GHB. We've been horrified, not only at what this says about our national priorities, but also as moms we're left asking: "What toys are safe to buy for my own kids??"
Today, we're thrilled to tell you about a new tool to help you tell which toys are safe for your kids this holiday season. Our friends at HealthyToys.org tested over 1250 toys for common chemicals and have just made the results searchable online. Because the time you really want to know which toys are toxic is when you're shopping, we've partnered with them to make their database searchable via your mobile phone. Here's how it works:
Text healthytoys [toy name] to 41411
And we'll reply instantly with whether the toy tested "high" "med" or "low" for potentially dangerous toxins. Try it! Text "Healthytoys Elmo flashlight" to 41411. You'll get a reply right back to your phone with the test results for the Elmo flashlight by Sesame Street. Neat, eh? Take it with you shopping and tell your friends!
And then sign this petition to tell Congress, "We demand safe, lead-free toys for children. Congress must strengthen the agencies responsible for protecting kids from toxic products and remove the bureaucrats who are standing in the way." We should be able to buy our kids toys off the shelf without having to worry whether they're filled with dangerous chemicals.