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Lead in Mini Blinds

After determining that 25 million imported vinyl mini-blinds contain lead to stabilize the plastic, the Consumer Product Safety Commission requested that manufacturers change and produce mini-blinds without added lead. These should be available to the public by the end of 1996. Lead poison is one of the greatest environmental problems facing children in the United States today. The dust from 1 square inch of mini-blind, ingested from 15 to 30 days is enough to surpass levels CPSC considers dangerous. CPSC recommends that consumers with young children remove the old vinyl mini-blinds from their homes and replace them with new mini-blinds made without added lead or alternative window coverings. Washing the blinds does not prevent the vinyl blinds from deterioration from heat and the sun that produces lead dust on the surface.


The Caring Connection - August 1996

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