Toxic Chemicals and Metals

Some Chemicals are Toxic to the Body. 

Many chemicals are causing health and developmental problems
 in lab animals, including cancer and liver damage.

What You Can Do

  • Read and listen to the news, to hear of new research. 

  • Car Seats.  Over 150 children’s car seats were tested for chemicals in 2011, and test results showed that 60% of them contained harmful chemicals that are linked to reproductive problems, developmental and learning disabilities, hormone imbalances, and cancer.

  • Formaldehyde.   Be aware of the dangerous levels of formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical preservative, that have been found in children’s clothes and blankets imported from China.   New Zealand and Australia are among a growing number of countries which are rejecting or recalling Chinese exports of blankets and children’s clothing.  (August 2007)  

Local Organizations
Additional Resources

CFL Bulbs.  Learn more about the danger of CFL bulbs by viewing House of Representative Ted Poe’s insightful CFL bulb report at 

Protecting Consumers - Keep your family Safe.
Consumer products and Medical dangers.
Defective, unsafe, or harmful goods or products…
Baby/children products, drugs, medical devices,
household chemicals, televisions, furniture, gun safety....

Dangerous Toy List.  View this list and a toy safety report every Christmas at  (U. S. Public Interest Group).  

Fischer-Price and Mattel toys.  Toys with lead paint hazard can be viewed at 

Healthy Toys.  View a list of hundreds of toys tested for lead, arsenic, mercury, bromine, cadmium, etc. at  Babies and young children are the most vulnerable populations because their brains and bodies are still developing, and because they frequently put toys into their mouths.
National Lead Information Center, 1-800-424-5323       
National Research Center for Women and Families 

Toxic Chemicals.  View information in the state of Washington: 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  View products that could be harmful to children and families (from toys to chairs and drinking glasses), at   Parents may also sign up to receive email alerts from this agency.   1-800-638-2772.  

Washington State Dept. of Health