Dangerous amount of lead found in Fidget Spinners
The fidget’s spinner is a toy which consists of blades and ball bearing to rotate. The toys are manufactured in over sea countries and the strict controls over quality are not implementing in their manufacturing process.
Fidget spinners are having a moment – practically everywhere you go someone has one twirling on a fingertip or tucked into a pocket. It is indeed a shocking discovery! A recent research has shown that popular kid’s toys which are known as fidget spinners have some health related side effects. The researchers have discovered a huge amount of contamination in the toy and thus they are proven to be harmful to children. Environmental activist Tamara Rubin recently tested a variety of spinners for lead and mercury, and the results may shock you.
The toys which are generally imported from China are found to be containing huge quantities of lead in it. This issue is not found in all the fidget spinners but the problem is there is a difficulty to recognize which toys have harmful substance and which one is free from it.
What Do The Tests Say?
Rubin, an independent lead poisoning prevention advocate, first tested three fidget spinners sent to her by a friend with an XRF instrument. Two were lead-free, but one had very high levels of lead and some mercury. She then disassembled a fidget spinner with LED lights and found both lead and mercury. She found 19,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead and 1,000 ppm of mercury.
These numbers are sobering because scientists consider under 90 ppm of lead to be the safe threshold in children’s toys, according to Rubin. But the paint on the LED light spinner contained 334 ppm of lead and 155 ppm of mercury in one test. The unpainted metal base contained 1,562 ppm of mercury and 2,452 ppm of lead.
Recently, last week only, the customs officials of EU seized 200,000 of fidget spinners because these toys failed to follow the health standards of the country.
Parents should be always conscious and aware of such health harms which new toys can cause their children. Before you buy anything for your child, make sure you investigate about the toy or food item and confirm whether it is safe to use or not.