Getting the Lead Out!
It’s a very hot topic right now; lead content in toys and other children’s products. The new Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act that was signed into law in late August states that lead content in the coatings of children’s products be reduced dramatically over the next few years. Specifically, the law now states that the allowable level of lead would be reduced to 600 ppm (parts per million) within 180 days (February, 2009), 300 ppm after one year (August, 2009), and 100 ppm after three years (August, 2011).
What this means for you, the consumer, is that those companies who now exceed governmental standard levels will be forced into compliance within the next 3 years. But, there is good news right now! KidCo gates, because they are certified to more stringent European standards are already LESS THAN 65 ppm! That’s right! At this very moment KidCo safety gates already greatly exceed the allowable minimum lead content set to go into effect by 2011!.
Is KidCo ahead of their time? They always have been; first to introduce metal safety gates to the U.S. 16 years ago, constantly striving for more stringent U.S. testing practices, and the first manufacturer to have products already far below the government regulations regarding lead content.
KidCo takes child safety very seriously and in doing so stretches this commitment beyond safety gates. The newest members of the KidCo product family are Bed Rails, and they too also greatly exceed the future 100ppm goal at under 30ppm. The BabySteps line of home-made baby food accessories is and always has been BPA free-another very hot topic around the world.