Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Deck the Halls - Safely!

Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to start decking the halls! But not many of us know about the dangers lurking in our holiday décor. With these simple steps from health and wellness expert and author Sophia Ruan Gushee, you can make sure you and your kids have the safest holiday season yet! 

Sophia Ruan Gushee

Christmas Lights 

  • Lead may be in the vinyl that insulates the electrical wires of many Christmas lights.
  • Healthier alternatives may be lights that comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances standard, which limits lead levels to no more than 1,000 parts per million.
  • Other toxicants used in Christmas lights are most likely not listed on the label. So wear gloves when handling lights, especially old ones.
  • Toxic Trees
  • Artificial Christmas trees are commonly made with PVC. Choose a freshly cut or live tree instead. Buy a Christmas tree that has been grown without pesticides, if possible.

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