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Polar Express Mug Lead Safe Mama 2019 1

c. 2016 “The Polar Express” Christmas Train Mug: 27,600 ppm Lead, 358 ppm Cadmium.

When tested with an XRF instrument this Polar Express mug was positive for high levels of Lead both inside and out. These are the souvenir mugs you get your hot cocoa in when you go for a ride on a Polar Express train. This is a relatively new mug that my friend got when she […]

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Christmas Tree Branch Samples Dempsey Lead Safe Mama 1

Artificial GE Pre-Lit Christmas Tree Purchased c. 2016 from Home Depot: Lead Free

“Mama C” sent me the above two sample branches from her artificial Christmas tree this year. It’s a GE pre-lit Just Cut medium Frasier fir “ConstantOn” tree. She said she purchased it at Home Depot (c. 2016). Below are the additional photos she sent me of the original box and the tree installed in her home: […]

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1 Santa Please Stop Here Key Lead Safe Mama 1

c. 2008 “Santa Please Stop Here” Key Ornament / Door Hanger: 158,700 ppm Cadmium + 1,236 ppm Lead (+ Antimony too!)

#LeadedChristmas + Cadmium & Antimony Too! Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Please read more about Cadmium here. – “Santa Please Stop Here” door knob key. c. 2004-2009. When tested with an XRF instrument this Santa Key had the following readings (with a minimum of a 60 second test): Lead (Pb): 1,236 +/-241 ppm Arsenic (As): Negative […]

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Target Philips Warm White LED Light Set Green Wire Lead Safe Mama 1

Target-branded Philips plug-in Warm White LED Christmas lights strand with green wire: Lead-free!!

Summary: As with the version of this product with the white colored wiring, while this product was Lead-free when tested with an XRF instrument, one component was positive for trace (trace = very low levels) of Arsenic. There were also fairly high levels of Antimony in at least one component, which is often the case […]

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Target Philips Warm White LED Light Set White Wire Lead Safe Mama 1

Target-branded Philips plug-in Warm White LED Christmas lights strand with white wire: Lead-free!!

Summary: While this product was Lead-free when tested with an XRF instrument, one component was positive for trace (trace = very low levels) of Arsenic. There were also fairly high levels of Antimony in at least one component, which is often the case with electrical items (as Antimony is an ingredient in many fire retardants.) […]

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Holiday Time Walmart MultiFunction Mini Lights 150 Lead Safe Mama 1

Walmart Holiday Time plug-in Christmas lights with green wire: Lead-free!

This newly-purchased (2018) set of Walmart brand “Holiday Time” 16 Function Multicolor Mini Lights (pictured above – with 150 lights and a green wire strand) was tested with an XRF instrument. It was not disassembled for testing, only accessible parts that one would normally touch when using them (installing them or operating them) were tested. […]

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Ace Hardware 2018 Christmas Ligths Package Lead Safe Mama 1

Ace Hardware Branded Christmas Lights, 2018. Warning: “This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead.”

“This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead,…” I stopped in at our local Ace Hardware the other day to check out their selection of Christmas lights. The images on this page are of one set of lights from that store. These are the Ace Hardware-branded lights [ACH Trading Co.] and it appeared that […]

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Artificial Christmas Tree Sample Branch 2018 Lead Safe Mama

Do you want me to test your artificial Christmas tree for Lead? Click for more info.

Hi all! The other day I posted about the concern over very high levels of Lead found in the plastics used in some artificial Christmas trees (LINK), and in that post offered to test clippings of people’s trees for them if they are interested in sending them to me. So far I’ve gotten responses from […]

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Artificial christmas Tree Lead Safe Mama 2018

Artificial Christmas Tree, c. 2008 – Costco: as high as 5,896 ppm Lead

When tested with an XRF instrument this artificial Christmas Tree (purchased at Costco, c. 2007/2008 & photographed here up and decorated for the 2017 Christmas holidays) was positive for Lead with the following levels: Reading 1: 533 ppm Lead Reading 2: 1,296 ppm Lead Reading 3: 1,411 ppm Lead Reading 4: 5,896 ppm Lead While […]

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