Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jerry Hill to Host FREE Toy Lead Screening in South San Francisco

Assemblymember Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) will co-host a free screening for residents to have their children’s toys tested for lead content on Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South San Francisco Fire Station 61 (480 N. Canal Street, South San Francisco, CA 94080.) Parents and other caregivers are invited to bring their children’s toys to be screened for unsafe lead content.

The event is being held in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Health, First 5 San Mateo County, the South San Francisco Fire Department, and San Mateo County’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Technicians will test up to two toys (or more if time permits) per person using machines that can detect lead content in toys and paint.  A database will be available on-site for people who want to inquire about the safety of toys they have at home or on their holiday shopping list.

A recent report found that children exposed to lead can suffer lowered IQ, delayed mental and physical development and even death.

“I encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to make sure the toys they purchase are safe and to take advantage of this free lead testing opportunity,” said Assemblymember Hill.

Nate Solov
Office of Assemblymember Jerry Hill
916-319-2019 (P)
916-319-2119 (F)

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