Green Play: A Toy Safety Fair sponsored by ChildTrek - Dec. 6, 2008, 10 am - 6 pm
- Are your children’s toys safe from harmful elements and chemicals?
- If you're breastfeeding, do you know how much lead you may be passing on to your baby?
- What are the current laws around toy safety?
- What makes a toy educational?
Come to Green Play: A Toy Safety Fair to get answers!
Toy Safety Fair at ChildTrek's Storefront
ChildTrek's First Toy Safety Fair
ChildTrek invites you to join us at Green Play: A Toy Safety Fair. It will be on Dec. 6, 10 am - 6 pm at the ChlidTrek storefront located in Tacoma's historic Freighthouse Square, off Exit 133, 2 blocks north of the Tacoma Dome.
Full address: 430 E. 25th St, #3, Tacoma, WA 98421. ChildTrek is right across the food court.
Meet toy safety experts, family advocates, and educators.
- Free toy testing to detect harmful elements and chemical levels
- Learn about laws and initiatives designed to protect you and your family against toxic pollution
- Test for lead levels in your body (breastfeeding / pregnant women, young children) 10 am - 2 pm
- Get school readiness advice for your child from preschool and elementary teachers
- Take advantage of great toy specials at the storefront and especially for the fair!
Please join us for fun and facts!
The following are statements are provided by the vendors.
Essco Safety Check
Environmental Services & Solutions Corporation Safety Check is a mobile testing company. Essentially, we are using technology to help people, businesses and industries (consumer, commercial and industrial) “know what is in their environment.” We can perform HUD Lead Inspections, we can provide map testing of structures, materials and soils. With two briefcases we can go anywhere in the world and provide immediate information about the environment. Our testing is fast, reliable, accurate and the technology is widely used by various industries and in July we were part of a CPSC recall.
Essco utilizes XRF Analyzers (X-ray Fluorescence) to non-destructively test consumer products (toys, ceramics, jewelry, etc), soils, metals, liquids, dust, virtually anything for potential heavy metals and other elements. We are capable of testing for lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, chlorine, bromine, antimony, cooper, silver, nickel, iron, zinc and a variety of other elements. We have created our own software to further analyze the raw data from the analyzer and produce customized reports of every test, and export all the data in excel. We include a photograph of every item tested, detailed results of all elements found, spectral analysis, and we can customize the software for different standards required and we can include GPS information.
Essco even has capabilities to provide services to large industries that use heavy machinery. Our analyzers can be used to test the oil and/or hydraulics in heavy machinery to detect the presence of these metals and provide information as to when, for example, a piston should be changed. This is a preventative service.
More at http://www.essco-safetycheck.com.
Washington Toxics Coalition
As parents, we do our best to choose the safest products for our kids. But how do we know which products are safe? The surprising truth is that chemical ingredients in children's products do not need to be tested for safety before being used. As a result, everyday products can contain chemicals linked with health effects like learning and behavioral problems, hormone disruption, and asthma.
Washington Toxics Coalition protects public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution. WTC promotes alternatives, advocates policies, empowers communities, and educates people to create a healthy environment.
Learn more about the work fo the Washingotn Toxics Coaltion at http://www.tpchd.org.
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
All of us are exposed to harmful chemicals in the environment everyday. They are found in our homes, schools, child-care centers and parks. Most of the time we do not even know we have come into contact with these toxins because we can't see or smell them.
Children are at the greatest risk of harm from these chemicals for a variety of reasons and the health effects can range from asthma and allergies, to learning disabilites, to cancer.
Limiting children's exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins can have a positive impact on their overall health now and later in life. By taking the steps outlined in the Simple Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Child From Harmful Chemicals brochure (available at the ChildTrek's Toy Safety Fair), you may greatly reduce your children's contact with harmful chemicals in water, food and air.
Learn more about this important reasource at http://www.http://www.tpchd.org.
Kristina Narruhn Labore
Certified Teacher & ChildTrek Advisor
Kristina Narruhn-Labore has over 15 years experience as a preschool and elementary teacher, specializing in reading and math. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington. Currently, she works part-time as a second-grade teacher in the Edmonds School District.
Certified Teacher & ChildTrek Advisor
Stacey Booth is a developmental preschool teacher in North Thurston School District in Washington. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching specializing in Literacy from Lesley University and a special education certification from Pacific Lutheran University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Central Washington Universtiy.