On Your Side: Unreliable Lead Testing Kits

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News 12 at 6, October 26, 2007

With all the worry over lead poising with food and paint, some of you may be tempted to buy a take home lead testing kit.

But 12 On Your Side says those kits may not give you the peace of mind you're hoping for.

The Consumer Product and Safety Commission says take home lead tests are unreliable. They may be really affordable, but you can't trust them.

So, if you're planning on doing testing at your home on toys, drinking water or paint, you may want to use a professional.

Basically, the Consumer Product and Safety Commission did a number of tests with these types of kits and about half of the tests came up incorrect.

What does that mean for you? Again, that you cannot trust them fully. You never know if the results will be right or wrong.

Everyone is concerned of course with the toy recalls, but these are not the way to make sure your toys are safe for your family.

What you should do is contact your local health department and get a recommendation for a professional company to come and test your house for lead.

Otherwise, if you buy one of the kits, you may just be wasting your money.

To stay on top of lead-related recalls, just visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website by clicking on the link below.

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